Mindfulness and prosocial behavior, or actions intended to benefit others, are correlated, contributing to positive feelings, increased motivation and productivity, and to the overall wellbeing of society.
Compassion is a necessary ingredient in engaged mindfulness; however, as with any concept, it's susceptible to misunderstanding and manipulation. In previous posts we have discussed the difference between wise and unskillful compassion. Here I'd like to discuss a distortion of benevolence that's becoming more apparent in our mainstream culture - one in which inequality and … Continue reading Near Enemies of Compassion
Recently Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Dr. Sydney Spears, provided an interview for Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris in which she shared her views on the important role of self-compassion in diversity, equity and inclusion work and vice versa. Please take some time out of your day to listen to this important conversation: "Dr. Sydney Spears … Continue reading Self-Compassion, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Radical compassion means nothing and nobody is excluded from the circle of kindness. The best evidence shows its good for us individually and as a society, but it can be difficult for us to trust given US mainstream cultural conditioning. Cultivating radical compassion takes courage and persistence, but when collectively practiced, it can become a powerful force for personal and societal transformation.
Even when we are in touch with our intentions and they are good, our compassionate actions can be unskillful. Mindfulness, discernment, balance and equanimity in the face of suffering are also important factors in increasing the likelihood that our helping will be truly helpful.