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Promoting the Universal Principles of Non-Harming & Caring through Fair Trade & Mindfulness Education.

Buddhist Deep Listening for Compassion

Buddhist Deep Listening to Relieve Suffering Fourth training, of the Five Mindfulness Trainings in Buddhism, teaches that loving speech and deep listening allows people to unburden their hearts. Being compassionate means deep listening without offering criticism. How does just listening make a difference to others? You aren’t supposed to make suggestions or critique or offer advice. […]

Loving Speech Buddhism vs. Unmindful Speech

Handling Unmindful Speech In the last blog post, How to Live Peacefully with Others, we discussed cultivating loving speech and practicing deep listening. In the course of our busy days, we aren’t always going to have the time to sit down and have a heart to heart, with any given person with whom we have […]

Hanukkah Gelt and Fair Trade Gift Ideas

Hanukkah Gelt and Fair Trade Gift Ideas Either way you spell it, Hanukkah is quickly approaching.  When is Chanukah? Chanukah is Dec. 16 – 24, 2014. Check the dates as they are based on the Hebrew Calendar.  Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday festival known as the Festival of Lights. The story goes, there wasn’t enough […]

Teaching Kids to Protect the Rainforests

Teaching Kids to Protect the Rainforests You’ve seen the shirts and posters that say save the Rainforest, but do you know why it is important to you? Rainforests touch everyone’s life. Tropical rainforests are filled with plants and animals- some that few people have ever seen. Those plants include many of the things we enjoy […]

Teach Children the Benefits of Fair Trade with these Classroom Resources

These Free Printables and Classroom Resources will help plan Fair Trade Curriculum   Here at Compassionate Essentials, we feel it is important to educate everyone about the benefits of fair trade, and children are no different. We’ve found some great resources on the Fair Trade market which are perfect for homeschooling or classroom use.  Incorporating, […]

Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem Facts

  The Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem The Amazon Rainforest Ecosystem is diverse. Rainforests are the home to 50% of the Earth’s plants and animals yet they only cover 2% of the Earth’s surface.  Important Facts on the Amazon Rainforest. How can you help save and protect the Earth’s rainforest? We are sharing some ideas. The first […]

The Year of Living Mindfully: Practice Mindfulness

Can you Practice Living Mindfully for an Entire Year?   The trend toward “mindfulness,” which, as most of us know, has its roots in Buddhist philosophy, has been identified by a host of references as being one of the most significant worldwide trends in 2014.  Communications firms (JWT Worldwide), CEOs (Bill Ford, Russell Simmons), journalists (Arianna […]

Egyptian anklets of the Biblical era

The Allure and Origin of Fair Trade Anklets

The Allure of Fair Trade Anklets Anklets have become a permanent fixture of American fashion.  Over the years, women from many cultures have worn ankle bracelets to create a sexy appearance, show their wealth, signal marital status, attract a suitor, and attract attention to bare feet.  Some believe that ankle bracelets may have been the […]