Impact, Release, Connect

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IMPACT
Stanford research: Compassion aids well-being
by Clifton B. Parker
Stanford News


In offering this reflection on the Dalai Lama's recent visit to Silicon Valley, Parker highlights the underlying theme of the talk: "It is through compassion that we connect with others and it is through compassion that we will have our greatest impact." Entities such as Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Still Harbor, are calling attention to the "science of compassion" and the need to integrate spiritual formation with professional development. How might you enhance your impact by practicing more compassion in all areas of your life?

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RELEASE
She Let Go
by Rev. Safire Rose
elephant journal


In the spirit of compassion this week, we offer you this poem by Reverend Safire Rose. Even this short excerpt serves as a reminder that sometimes, in order to practice compassion for others and ourselves, we need to simply let go.

     "Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
     There was no effort.
     There was no struggle.
     It wasn't good and it wasn't bad.
     It was what it was, and it is just that."

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CONNECT
Brené Brown On Self-Criticism, Judgment And The Power Of Compassion
by Lisa Capretto
Huffington Post


How do you practice compassion for others? Does it differ from how you practice compassion for your self? This article sheds light on the reality that they are integrally connected. In her ten years of study, Brené Brown has discovered that, "Being vulnerable doesn't just require courage and self-confidence. It requires self-compassion." Watch this episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass" for more of Brown's insights on the importance of self-compassion in forming authentic connection.

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