compassion

Start your own personal peace project with these five steps

If we are afraid to touch our suffering, we will not be able to realize the path of peace, joy, and liberation. —Thich Nhat Hanh The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching Many of us worry about wars, terrorism, and violent crime. And we might think we have to join the Peace Corps or the United [...]

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Finding your peace: 10 tips for tough times

Have you ever been in an impossible situation you thought you’d never get out of? Ever feel loaded down with problems that never end? How about totally down in the dumps, lost, scared, hurt, abandoned, bummed out, miserable, and totally depressed? I have. I know what the inside of that deep, dark cave looks like, [...]

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Love means saying you’re sorry-7 tips to make things right

There’s an old song by The Sounds of Sunshine called “Love means (you never have to say you’re sorry).” You might know that line better from the 1970 movie Love Story, which was the inspiration for the song. I don’t know the song very well, and I saw the movie on TV awhile back and [...]

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Celebrating bin Laden’s death only puts us in the same camp

The fire of hatred and violence cannot be extinguished by adding more hatred and violence to the fire. ~Thich Nhat Hanh What was your emotional response to the news that Osama bin Laden is dead? Here’s how it went for me. I was half-awake, bleary-eyed, sipping coffee, and going through email before starting some work. [...]

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Let go of judgment: five tips for letting love in

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing, and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. –Rumi We humans categorize, name, and label things to make sense of the world: clouds are white, the sun is warm, dogs are furry, crackers are crunchy, roses emit an odor. We attach names to things and group them [...]

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