I’m grateful to have spent some time tonight watching a video of Brené Brown speaking about the events in Charlottesville, VA, and I’d like to offer a few thoughts. If you’re familiar with my website and Facebook page, you probably know that I haven’t been very shy about expressing my deep concerns about acts of violence and hate, or my strong advocacy for love and compassion. You may also know that I’ve written and spoken [...]
2016 Presidential Campaign Got You Feeling Angry or Stressed Out? Three ways mindfulness can bring you calm, clarity, and true empowerment.
In recent weeks, I’ve found myself feeling increasingly frustrated – and even angry – with many aspects of this year’s presidential campaign, particularly as I’ve watched the news, speeches, debates and rallies, contemplated the implications of the poll numbers, and read dozens (or probably hundreds, I’ve lost count) of politically-charged Facebook and Twitter posts. I’ve also been feeling a bit powerless—questioning what I can really do to make a difference in this political race to [...]
Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®), a program of Emory University, was brought to Los Angeles in 2014 by Certified CBCT Teacher, Wendy Saunders. Wendy also serves as Senior Manager of Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA. Wendy offers the 8 to 10-week CBCT course periodically at YMCAs in the L.A. area. The next CBCT course will be offered at the Hollywood YMCA beginning on July 2, 2017 (contact Wendy to sign up). She also offers CBCT 1:1 [...]
Compassion can change your life and increase your levels of happiness and well-being. Sound too good to be true? Not for hundreds of students, professionals, and community members who have been trained in compassion over the past couple years through well-known universities like Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Stanford University in northern California. You might be thinking: People were actually “trained in compassion”? That sounds like some sort of court-assigned program for people with [...]
When you think about who you love in your life, who comes to mind? Your family and friends? Your pets? Maybe even your colleagues? Do you think of your neighbors or people you pass on the street or in the market? How about your enemies? Usually, we reserve our love for the people we are closest to or who help ensure our survival and quality of life. But the future is calling us to [...]