This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion is focusing on compassion during sadness and disappointment. In many ways 2016 has been a tumultuous year, with a referendum in the UK and an election in the USA that deeply divided people. Racism and xenophobia have shown marked rises in both countries and the implications of both … Continue reading Compassion During Sadness and Disappointment
This month we consider whether compassion is something we naturally have, or whether we learn it. Or is it both? Generally speaking, most scientists agree that compassion is innate in humans and in many other animals. Some suggest that the tendencies to feel empathy and to want to help others who are suffering may even … Continue reading Is Compassion Inherent? – September Prompts for #1000Speak
As most readers of this blog will know, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion began in January 2015 in response to the Charlie Hebdo murders, the murder of school children in Pakistan and the Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria. Sometimes it feels as if the world is becoming increasingly less compassionate and more violent, that isn't the … Continue reading Compassion Wins
"Compassion isn't some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we're trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don't even want to look at." Pema Chodron Compassion is what 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion is all about. … Continue reading Self-Compassion Heals
In August 2012, my husband and I did ‘The Alchemy of Relatedness’ with Fanny and Colin, a couple who runs retreats in Devon, England. They call their work ‘The Movement of Being.’ On this week-long retreat, held on Dartmoor, we stayed clear of ‘normal’ distractions. In the mornings we sat outside facing the lush countryside … Continue reading The Power of Self-Compassion
I am really excited to announce May’s theme of Self-Compassion. Learning compassion for myself made such a difference to my life, and I love guiding other people to feel compassion for themselves. It gives me the warm fuzzies, makes my heart sing and my eyes mist over. So yes, I had a hand in choosing … Continue reading Self-Compassion Prompts for May Link-up #1000Speak
Welcome 1000+ Voices! Our theme for this month is Compassion and Vulnerability. We’ve chosen this theme because April is awareness month for a number of issues related to vulnerability or vulnerable people - some just in the USA and India, and some worldwide. The second of April was World Autism Awareness Day, and the week from the 2nd … Continue reading Compassion and Vulnerability #1000Speak Link-up Here!