Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Compassion Round Up: Trains, Columbine, Inner Gardens, and More...

Compassion on the 10:40 Train

My heart smiled at this simple act of kindness. I'm still not sure why I was so surprised. Maybe I've just had skeptics around me for too know, the people who assume that every homeless person is just a lazy drug addict with no desire to ever get a job and contribute to society like the rest of us hard-working Americans. Whatever the reason may be, I was thankful to have witnessed it.

'Rachel's Challenge' brings a message of compassion

Following the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, the father of 17-year-old Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the massacre, began an organization called Rachel's Challenge, which tours the country promoting an anti-bullying message of kindness and compassion for others.

Finding love and compassion in our inner garden

Readers will find much to reflect on, especially on the subject of the inner garden. After all, this seems the only place to find understanding and compassion. While we'd all like to do a walking meditation in the woods, pick wildflowers along the way as well as bamboo branches for flower arrangements, the majority of us cannot afford the time to enjoy that environment. So it is incumbent on each of us to find our own gardens, and appreciate the peace and miracle of where we are.

The art of compassion

Perhaps the best advice is to aim high but start small. For it seems to me that compassion is really aimed at something big and difficult--nothing less than a transformation of your life and yourself. A good question to ask is whether you really want that to happen.

Was victim of earliest known human-on-human attack saved by compassion?

New research suggests that human beings have been fighting since the dawn of time. About 126,000 years ago, what may be the earliest known case of interpersonal aggression left one man with a nasty dent in his skull... Luckily, the injured party's friends and family helped him survive the attack by caring for him during his recuperation...

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