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5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life - Huffington Post

5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life - Huffington Post | CALM |

5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life Huffington Post For many first-time visitors, Hawaii is a place where perfect weather and pristine beaches make for good vacationing and pretty postcards.

Via Lee M Stillerman, PhD
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Love these 5 words and their meaning...

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Compassion can be put into practice ...

Compassion can be put into practice ... | CALM |
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Recognizing our common humanity helps us overcome all barriers and leads to belonging. When we overly identify with sub-groups we create prejudice, racism, and comparisions...which are negatively correlated with our health. 

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | CALM |
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.


Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.


Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggests that we can better cope with others’ negative emotions by strengthening our own compassion skills, which the researchers define as “feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that individual’s welfare.”


“Empathy is really important for understanding others’ emotions very deeply, but there is a downside of empathy when it comes to the suffering of others,” says Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of the study. “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.”

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empathy works best when paired with compassion

Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:18 PM

Such an important topic and distinction. I've been teaching this to my Reiki students for years and years. I'm glad there's now research being done about it. We can help others without causing harm to ourselves! We can help and still remain functional.

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Compassion: Our First Instinct

Compassion: Our First Instinct | CALM |

Compassion: Our First Instinct

Science shows that we are actually wired for compassion, not self-interest.

Our acts of compassion uplift others and make them happy. We may not know it, but by uplifting others we are also helping ourselves; research by Fowler and Christakis has shown that happiness spreads and that if the people around us are happy, we, in turn become happier.

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Extensive exploration of compassion from how we cultivate it to how it benefits our bodies, minds and mood. Practicing compassion wards off stress, depression, illness and increases happiness, longevity, and desired behavior. Compassion changes the world. 

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:35 PM

According to the article, “Compassion is defined as the emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help.  It is not surprising that compassion is a natural tendency since it is essential for human survival.” While perhaps it is a natural tendency, it is not an overly common occurrence in today’s dog-eat-dog world.  However, if people were truly committed to extending compassion on a more regular basis, we would all be in a better place.  How about starting a trend today?!

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Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body

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Decades of clinical research has explored the psychology of human suffering. Yet that suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often has a bright side: compassion.'


Human suffering often inspires beautiful acts of compassion by people wishing to help relieve that suffering. What led 26.5 percent of Americans to volunteer in 2012 (according to statistics from the US Department of Labor)? What propels someone to serve food at a homeless shelter, pull over on the highway in the rain to help someone with a broken down vehicle, or feed a stray cat?


By Emma Seppala


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Compassion is the best medicine for suffering.

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The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy - Spirituality and Practice

The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy

spiritual practices from all traditions . . . the letters to know to read the world spiritually and to spell meaning in daily life

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2013 12:34 AM

This is a really cool resource! The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacycreated by  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat is a list of beautiful words which are actually spiritual practices from A to Z from all traditions. In the right column, each word has its own explanation with quotations, stories, books, book excerpts, film, music, art, spiritual exercises, etc. Blessings! Amy Fuller PhD

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Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness

Nine Essential Qualities of Mindfulness | CALM |
Learn how to say "yes" to the present moment.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:46 AM

Greenberg provides basic concepts of mindfulness. A mindfulness practice fosters a deeper connection to self and grounds your very being in the present moment. In the Christian tradition centering prayer opens oneself to the presence of God within and deeply into the experience of the sacrament of the present moment. Learning to say 'Yes!' is an invitation to living beyond words, emotions, and thoughts and leading from within. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:42 PM

No need to add.. Read Annette Schmeling's insight. For those that have read Melanie's blog post, it is a good reminder and also a good piece to share with others inquiring about Mindfulness.

Thomas Aquinas said when asked how do you explain the world. Explain the world in terms of God.  The follow on question flowed quite naturally: How do  you explain God.  He said: You explain God in terms of complete and absolute Mystery.

Lee Thayer's next book in process is on Mental Hygiene. All that we address and talk about are human explanations and interpretations. What we speak of as reality is something that we will never know as it is always seen through the eyes of the beholder.

We say: I learn from my experience. What we mean is: I learn from my interpretations of my experience. I realize I may have the same  near death experience as you and our interpretations of that experience may be polar opposite.

Peter L Wiltshire's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:23 AM

Mindfulness is a way of being present to yourself and the present moment. It is also a process of becoming your true self.

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Dr. Amy Fuller, Marriage & Family Therapist passionate about healing & empowering a fuller life through Relational, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health/Growth.