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  • Mental Health First Aid:  Top 5 things to know
    Mental Health First Aid: Top 5 things to know
    Mental health should never again be seen and treated as before (news.discovery.com). Although a mental health crisis can be dangerous for the person experiencing the crisis and those trying to help, individuals experiencing a mental health related...
  • Compassionate Comfort
    We are comforted to comfort others
    It seems when life may be the toughest for us, we find ourselves lifting others up in encouragement. After pouring out our all to family, career or just everyday crises, we typically feel we have nothing left to give. At these junctures,...
  • Compassion transformed into helpful actions
    Compassion and Cancer: Part III-Putting “Meat” on Compassionate Behaviors
    We want to be helpful to whose living with cancer, but often we don’t know how to transform compassionate intent into helpful behaviors. I discussed why compassion isn’t sufficient to be helpful in Part I. In Part II I maintained our...
  • Compassion and Cancer: Part II-How Cancer Changes Identity (Thought of the Day)
    Compassion and Cancer: Part II-How Cancer Changes Identity (Thought of the Day)
    We like to think life is on a seamless continuum, moving along, maybe in spurts and stops, but having consistency throughout the years, as does our identity. We're the same person today we were last week and will be next week—at least...
  • Have Mercy - A Devotion
    We Must Have Mercy - A Devotion
    Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!Mercy is the compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, enemy or other...
  • Converting Compassion Into Helpful Behaviors
    Compassion and Cancer: Part I-Why Compassion Isn't Enough
    We have an inherent desire to be compassionate. In the misery of another person, we see ourselves, if not in the present, than in the past or future. But compassion is not sufficient for helping people living with cancer.In this three-part series...
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on 'Compassion and Education' at Kalindi College for Women in New Delhi, India
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama says basic human nature is compassion
    In an era of unusual displays of violence worldwide His Holiness the Dalai has maintained faith in the positive potential of people. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Jan. 30, 2015, that the Dalai Lama feels that basic human nature is...
  • Family conflict can be prevented through understanding circumstances
    Thought of the Day. Family Conflict (Part III) Preventing Family Conflict
    In Part I of Family Conflict, I presented the idea conflicts often involve looking at the present through our history. In Part II I wrote that “universal” or “enduring” truths are myths-especially when it comes to...
  • The International Buddhist Conference
    The International Buddhist Conference
    The International Buddhist Conference to host 1st Annual conference in Winter 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.Buddhism is fairly new in the West. Most Buddhist temples and centers are Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Tibetan being the most popular...
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama has spoken to doctors about compassion and ethics
    The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama reported on Jan. 21, 2015, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently spoke to the Medical Staff at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi. The Dalai Lama accepted the invitation to visit Dr. Ram...
  • Single berry hanging
    Overall human kindness
    Over the past few years I have been working to transition my career from purchasing management to human services in the Mental Health Counseling field. Considering this, with my work in domestic violence, the county jail and prison and even with...
  • It's the people who make the difference
    It's the people who make the difference
    Animals in need of help and their stewards are frequently looking for a local rescue. We hear about our Rescues from local connections, most of know that if we contact a specific breed we will find a local chapter, however where do these pets come...
  • Path of transformation
    Self-discovery uncovers compassion
    “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”Thomas MertonWe can define compassion as the natural...
  • Just Look Around - A Devotion
    Just Look Around - A Devotion
    Luke 6:28-31 (NLT)Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away...
  • Megan and mother
    Disabled teen kicked out of 'family restaurant' for being too noisy
    I can't recall a story this revolting since writing about theTSA's confiscating a 6-inch plastic toy hammer from a mentally challenged adultwho carried it everywhere with him as a "security blanket."This time, the concern was not...
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