by Sara, from Institute of HeartMath
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
It is said kindness is its own reward; it is love in action. But did you also know that kindness is also joy fulfilled?
We devote great effort and time to the pursuit of joy.Those who show kindness on the journey of life soon learn it is one of the best ways to experience true joy...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan:Compassion, gratitude, care and appreciation are all manifestations of kindness. Share some kindness today and every day. Joy naturally arises in its presence, a gift to both the giver and the receiver...indulge yourself!
Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, professor, writer, activist and founder of Poets for Global Justice. He has inspired minds and hearts at hundreds of events in many countries, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences--including Bioneers, the Green Festival and The Dream Reborn--as well as colleges, poetry venues, protests and places of worship. Dellinger has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West,& Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,& Danny Glover, Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, Paul Hawken, Van Jones and many others. http://www.drewdellinger.org
As of late, I've been very moved by the idea of the Undefended Heart and the role it plays in creating peace around me. Can I be that seemingly vulnerable? How can I not, when so much is riding on that state of being? This is sticky territory for me as I've spent most of my life in and out of the defended heart...
Editor's Note: I hope you will try this journey to your SAnode. Feeling strong in your heart will assist in any time of crisis and will expand your joy and compassion.
What did you learn before you were eight? That you're a capable person, worthy of adoration and an abundant life, lovable exactly as you are, even with all of your messy imperfections, bodily functions, anger, fear, and neediness?...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Dr. Laura Markham is one of my favorite authors. Here's a wonderful article about creating awareness around your own childhood wounds and how they can affect parenting. When we take time for self-growth and love, we have more love and compassion to give to our children. Beautiful reminder and helpful advise.
Editor's Note: Mani Norland is the Principal of The School of Homeopathy, the longest running Homeopathy school in the UK. He is a passionate advocate for Homeopathy as a powerful system of medicine used by millions around the world. I especially like his "integrated medical vision" that gives people choice in their health care.
The movement to develop mindful leaders in business is at a tipping point, as interest from corporations, educational institutions and the media continues to grow...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Further down in the article, Bill talks about his own meditation practice which he does twice per day for 20 minutes... "This has been the single best thing to improve my effectiveness and sense of well-being. Meditation enables me to forget less important events and focus with clarity on significant issues. My most creative ideas come out of meditation. In addition, meditation increases my energy level and enables me to be more compassionate toward others." Yep.
Helping other people on their spiritual journey is one of the most prominent qualities of an enlightened person. When you begin to see your interconnectedness with the rest of humanity, you will see the suffering in other people, and your compassion for them will naturally grow. One of the ways we can help others is by starting a meditation group...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: My meditation work is all centered around group work. Why? Because as Charles states in his article... the power of doing this work with other people transcends your meditation to another level of feeling, trust and connection. Ironically, we find ourselves through others.
by David G. Arenson, ND ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
“Love and compassion…are the ultimate source of human happiness, and the need for them lies at the very core of our being.” ~ Dalai Lama
From Prime Creator were birthed polarities from a field of compassion: Yin and Yang; Light and Dark...
Editor's Note from David Arenson:We were born into a maya of separation that seems so real that so many feel disconnected, fragmented, unhappy - a spiritual hunger is not being satisfied. For many, life is like climbing an endless mountain and never reaching the top. Such spiritual disconnection and futility are deeply rooted within the collective unconscious. Could the Buddha's teachings of love and compassion offer offer answers to futility and spiritual ennui?
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