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Embracing the Month of YESvember

Embracing YESvember

Ready to end the year on high note? Why not change NOvember into YESvember, and see what happens. Why say “yes”? Saying yes isn’t easy. When you’re comfortable where you are, why rock the boat?  When I look back on my life so far, some of my most rewarding and enjoyable experiences have come from…

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How We Unleashed Compassion at a Refugee Camp – Rwanda Part 3

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My Compassion It teammate, Burrell Poe, and I joined the organization Alight for a week in Rwanda in order to unleash compassion within the healthcare system at refugee camps. This compassionate care initiative, Amandi, began with uncovering obstacles to compassion. After that, we creatively developed solutions to remove those obstacles. We spent the week at the Gihembe…

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Welcoming Refugees with Empathy – Rwanda Part 2

What are skillful ways to manage the refugee crisis our world faces? As the number of displaced people rises each year, it’s a pressing question that needs thoughtful and compassionate answers. Well, this past summer, I saw first-hand how Rwandans welcome refugees with empathy, compassion, and open arms. And I realized we could all learn…

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Noticing Compassion at a Refugee Camp – Rwanda Part 1

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When I was invited by the nonprofit organization, Alight, to help figure out how to unleash compassion within refugee camps, I couldn’t say no. Our world is in the midst of a refugee crisis, and it’s not going away.  According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, the population of displaced people rose to an all-time high…

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How to Curb Workplace Burnout with Self-Compassion

Deadlines, back-to-back meetings, overflowing inboxes – oh my! While they might not be lions, tigers, or bears, the anxiety you might feel from workplace demands can feel nearly as threatening.   If you’re not sleeping well, feeling stressed out, disengaging from your work, or finding yourself utterly exhausted, you might be suffering from workplace burnout.…

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2018 Compassion It Highlights

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1 – Burrell & I led our first two-day training, and it was FANTASTIC…and FUN! In December 2018, we had the honor of designing and leading a 2-day training for nearly 50 staff members of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Participants included trauma surgeons, training & development managers, nurses, chaplains and others. We introduced…

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Compassion in Prison? THAT Takes Courage.

Yay for Giving Tuesday!  Do you believe in the work we do at Compassion It? Please consider supporting our efforts through your one-time donation or by becoming a monthly donor via our Compassion It Advocate program. Enjoy the post below to learn more about Compassion It’s outreach efforts in correctional facilities.   Malcolm* didn’t beat…

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What Happens When Compassion Meets Competition?

(Check out the above video about our experience! Hats off to High Tech High student Tatianna Steiner for editing the video.) I teamed up with Gary Ware of Breakthrough Play and Jeff Harry of Play-Well TEKnologies for Global School Playday on February 7, 2018. We led a compassion- and play-focused experiment for High Tech High School…

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Introducing Compassion It to Baltimore Youth

I’m THRILLED to announce a brand-new initiative! In honor of our mission to inspire compassionate actions and attitudes, we have created the Compassion It Community Outreach Program to support other non-profit organizations. We’ve chosen Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) as the first recipient of our community outreach initiative. HLF reaches thousands of Baltimore-area children and families…

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How Compassion Prevented a School Shooting

On Feb. 7, 2018, I received an email from a Compassion It community member that moved me to tears. This note had even more meaning a week later when a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The email came from a father of a courageous daughter. They both gave me…

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