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Turn the Suffering of Anger into Understanding

Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong or perceived wrong. How do you feel when you are angry? Do you feel a burning sensation? Do you feel tense? Does your heart race? Do you feel like striking out?  We’ve all been angry. It can be an uncomfortable emotion. If […]

Be Compassionate, Practice Being Thankful

In an earlier post, Spread Peace and Happiness, Smile, we talked about how exuding happiness benefits everyone around us.  Keeping a positive attitude so we can radiate happiness requires us to strive for an attitude of gratitude.   To be compassionate, we should practice being thankful.  The old saying, “No man is an island” is completely true.  We […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Cultivate Compassion: Live Longer

Educating Children about Compassion can Help us Live Longer   The central motivation for the founding of Compassionate Essentials was to promote the interdependence of the individual with the entire world and its inhabitants.  We hoped to open the eyes and hearts of our readers to this human interdependence. We believe that participating in the sales […]

Compassion or Just Politics as Usual?

Compassion and Politics One hundred twenty Tibetans have self-immolated since March 2011. This is in reaction to a Chinese government that has destroyed over 6,000 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and shrines beginning in 1949, stationed around 300,000 Chinese soldiers in Tibet, and forced thousands of Tibetans to abandon their traditional rural nomadic lifestyle and move into […]