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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]