Near Enemies of Compassion

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

Self-Compassion, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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

Is Anyone Beyond Compassion?

The practice of mindfulness can help us pause before reacting impulsively to acts of aggression or hatred. This makes space for considering the many choices available to us for responding with skill and wisdom. Evidence throughout history and in the research demonstrates that a more reasoned and compassionate response leads to better long term outcomes for us all.

Mindfulness in ACTion: Trauma-Informed Practices and Social Justice – An ACT-Based Perspective

Using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) and trauma-informed mindfulness along with other research based practices in promoting efforts to prevent and heal trauma, support social justice, and foster resiliency and wellness both individually and collectively.