I’ve been facilitating courses on compassion for over eight years now, and there’s one thing that keeps coming up again and again:   Most of us have never learned how to have compassion for ourselves.    I remember when I first learned about self-compassion in 2012, and my compassion teacher challenged me to consider, “Think…

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A kind stranger recently posted the below drawing on social media, and he tagged Compassion It and me. The Chopra.com article, Compassion in Action: 15 Easy Ways to Spread Kindness, inspired artist Bodhisatva Vivek to create the piece. In the article, I shared some of my favorite ways to “compassion it,” including: Offering your full…

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Hindsight might be 2020; however, like you, Burrell and I had no way of anticipating what the year would bring. We could never have predicted that a global pandemic would shut down the world and simultaneously open hearts and minds to the value of compassion and the reality of interconnectedness.   We were both grateful…

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My friend Brett’s text message to me this morning sums it up…   “You picked a hell of a week for your retreat.”   Boy, ignorance was bliss.   Yesterday afternoon, I re-emerged out of a five-day silent meditation retreat. Unlike other retreats I’ve attended, this one, like so many other pandemic-era experiences, arrived in…

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  My teammate, Burrell Poe, and I recently led a 90-minute self-compassion workshop for 20 leaders of a large organization. We asked them prior to the training to share their current challenges, and this is what we heard back:   “I am worried about team burnout.” “I feel like there are too many fires to…

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It’s not always easy to “compassion it.” Especially when the divisiveness created by our two-party political system takes the “united” out of the United States of America.   Dealing with the pain and uncertainties of a global pandemic certainly doesn’t help. During a time when we need more connection and compassion, politics keeps widening the…

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Invite your enemies to tea

What Happens When You Invite Your Enemies to Tea? Howard Stern entered an elevator and found himself face-to-face with Regis Philbin – a man he had been relentlessly berating on his well-known radio show. What could have been an awkward elevator ride instead became a lesson on unconditional kindness.   I’m a big fan of…

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As I reflect back on Compassion It’s eighth year, I can’t help but feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and joy.  Here’s why: 1 – We worked with refugees in Rwanda Thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Alight, we supported compassion initiatives in a Rwandan refugee camp, and those efforts may impact millions of…

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I don’t know about you, but every year the holiday shopping ads seem to appear earlier and earlier. I get emails about Black Friday, Giving Tuesday* and Cyber Monday, and they tell me, “Click here! Go to our website, and spend your money with us!”

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