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

Words That Inspire Self-confidence, Joy, and Hope

Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope.  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, from the Fourth Mindfulness Training In the last post, Speak Truthfully, we discussed what it means to speak truthfully and what it means to not speak truthfully.  […]

Speak Truthfully

I am committed to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. The above is quoted from the Fourth Training of Thich Nhat Hanh’s […]

Pride Has No Place in True Love

 In true love, there is no place for pride. ~  Thich Nhat Hanh Darling, I suffer.  Please help me. The above is the last mantra from the previous post,  Love Mantras for a Mindful Valentine’s Day.   This mantra is a response to a difficult situation, so we are going to give it some more attention. It […]

Love Mantras for a Mindful Valentine’s Day

Do You Know Love Mantras for Valentine’s Day?   The Day of Love is quickly approaching!   Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk & teacher, offers us 4 compelling love mantras to practice in our relationships for a Mindful Valentine’s Day.   Darling, I’m here for you.  Chocolates are delicious.  Flowers are beautiful.  Jewelry is sparkly.  […]

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, […]