“Compassion in Action”…be brave, start small, do what you enjoy….

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Compassion in Action,
a very encouraging and helpful book
by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush

A few steps from the book…
steps for getting started on “compassionate service,”
steps to encourage oneself in getting going,
figuring out what one might do,
exploring and investigating,
using one’s abilities and strengths,
offering to others

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Compassionate Action and Service steps Ram Dass and Bush

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Some potentially helpful steps to encourage oneself in “getting going”…
getting started with whatever “action” or “service” that might resonate

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Compassionate Action just steps Ram Dass and Bush

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Steps from Compassion in Action,  for encouragement in initiating and engaging in “compassionate service”

  •  Be brave
  •  Start small
  •  Use what you’ve got
  •  Do something you enjoy
  •  Don’t overcommit

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I created these pages a few months ago. (at the same time that I created the pages in yesterday’s post, “How Wonderful It Might Be…” which I accidentally posted before I had written any words of explanation!  Watch out for that “Publish” button! )

I made the images into translucent, plastic “sun-catcher” ovals that I then attached to wire mobiles that I made out of sections of wire.   The mobiles spin gracefully in our front yard…great inspirations spinning out there!

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When I made the mobiles, I also created a few bookmarks for myself, to help remind myself of ideas I’d like to remember and “live.”

I printed these reminder “bookmarks” out, cut them up and taped them in obvious places, use them as bookmarks and just keep them handy.

The mobiles and bookmarks with these simple steps and encouragement seem to be  helpful!

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Compassionate Action and Service, Ram Dass Be brave, start small, use what you've got, do something you enjoy, don't overcommit

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Compassionate Service How wonderful it might be

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Ohhhhh….how wonderful it might be….

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The inspiration for the background in those “pages”… 3 pretty little  fluorite and adventurine bracelets I wear each day…the background on the pages is a photo of a fluorite stone. (I lightened the background on this photo below, so that the stones would show)

how wonderful it might be bracelets

A suncatcher in the window…

how wonderful it might be suncatchers
of course…suncatchers for inspiration…
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“Friday wishes…” generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement

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Friday wishes and encouragement

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“Friday wishes…”
generosity, kindness, love, compassion, encouragement,
freely offered and shared amongst many,
happily and gratefully received
rekindling each other’s  light

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Friday wishes and encouragement and rekindling

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….Friday wishes….
offering and receiving light,
the rekindling of embers that sustain us,
the warm glow emerging from offerings of
generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement,
freely offered, lovingly received,
Friday wishes

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Sounds interesting! BlogHer Conference San Jose, CA July 24, 25, 26

I just received a WordPress email notice about the “BlogHer 14″ Conference, being held July 24, 25 and 26, 2014, in San Jose, California. (San Francisco Bay Area)

It sounds like it might be an interesting blogger conference, with lots of fascinating sounding seminars!

Headline, below, from the  BlogHer 14, Life Well Said conference

(screen capture, below, of their website conference headline )

BlogHer headline

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I’d never heard of BlogHer, but it looks like a huge and comprehensive site.  Are any other bloggers aware of, or part of,  this site?

For those of you who are interested in blogging, or who live in the SF Bay Area, here are some “screen captures” of some of the interesting sounding seminars they’ll be offering.

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Thursday, July 24: “Pathfinder Day”
There are a number of “pre-conference” workshops and  seminars on Thursday.
Link to: Thursday Pre-conference “Pathfinder” Schedule

(screen capture, below, of some of Thursday’s Pathfinder seminars)
go to the BlogHer website to connect with links in this screen capture

BlogHer preconference schedule~

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Good things are happening….all the time

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Reminding and encouraging ourselves
to pause, notice and appreciate
the plethora of  “good things” in our everyday lives

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To look in the direction of the good things

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Nurturing that continuing awareness
of the remarkable abundance of “good things”
that are happening
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Link to booklet: “Good Things Are Happening All the Time”
(a “booklet” that I created several years ago )

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Part of Nurturing Thursdays, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings
Other  frequent Nurturing Thursday participants:

Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Meg Evans
Carol Carlisle
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Jacqueline King
Hugmama
Crowing Crone
Mazeepuran
Lady K’s Lounge

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“Bearable”… it may be hard… Brooks Falls Live Grizzly Cam, Alaska

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Grizzly Bear action, at Brooks Falls, Alaska
persistence, strength and fortitude

Bearable simple~

I came upon a wonderful surprise last week…the Grizzly Bear Live Cam at Brooks Falls, Alaska!

What a fascinating and inspiring live view of those bear and the falls!

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A screen capture of the action at Brooks Falls, from that live cam
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Link to the actual Live Grizzly Cam, Brooks Falls, Alaska
(I encourage people to “take a look”… I think it’s remarkable! )

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Ahhh…. “Bearable” ….. in 2005, I had created the book, “Bearable,”  for the students in my classroom…a “playful,”  but serious,  book meant to encourage the nurturing and development of increasing initiative, motivation, courage and persistence in the kids I taught.

And the photo on the cover of that book???….Brooks Falls, Alaska!

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Bearable cover  created by Kathy Boyle Pocket Perspectives

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What a wonderful surprise (!!!)  to actually get to see the live action at those falls!

I’m simply amazed to see the strength, persistence and fortitude of those grizzly bear in real time! It adds an extra layer of  inspiration and insight into the idea “Bearable”

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Bearable it may be hard but it is Bearable

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Bears were such inspiring and helpful “partners” for the kids,
as they developed so many of these important qualities.

(and I developed more of those qualities, too…as I encouraged the kids!)

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Bearable slogans one page Brooks Falls Alaska

And the  cover of that book???? … the Grizzly Bear at Brooks Falls, Alaska…now viewable on Live Cam!

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Here’s a link to “Bearable,” the book I created… such happy memories of creating this book and then sharing it and using it with so many kids, for so many years…such happy memories!  And now getting to watch live views of the action at those same falls!

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Bearable it may be hard

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Continuing to be inspired by the persistence, strength and fortitude,
viewable on that live Brooks Falls cam!

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Compassion Day, “Compassion starts with me” …. Creating Compassionate Cultures

 

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Creating Compassionate Cultures:   www.creatingcompassionatecultures.org

(screen capture, below, from CCC website)

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 “Creating Compassionate Cultures”  A remarkable website and online program  filled with inspiring ideas for nurturing, encouraging and developing a sense of compassion within oneself and among all people.

Their program focuses on encouraging positive qualities in children, but has LOTS of very helpful ideas for the rest of us,  too!

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“Creating Compassionate Cultures”

“Compassion Day 2014″
a shared practice day in honor of The Dalai Lama’s birthday,
today, July 6, 2014

“Compassion Starts with Me”

within and amongst each and every one of us,
as we put our energies into creating a more compassionate culture,
each and every day of the year.

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  “There are only two days in the year in which nothing can be done,
one is called yesterday
and another tomorrow.
So today is the perfect day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.”
HHDaliaLama

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“The best birthday gift for me would be
to please keep your own mind and your own heart  more compassionate.”

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“The Seven Steps” used by Creating Compassionate Cultures encourages the nurturing and development of  knowledge, strength and compassion. Terrific ideas!

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(a copy/paste screen capture from Creating Compassionate Cultures website)

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The Vision Statement and Mission for Creating Compassionate Cultures…such important intentions and inspirations for each and every day of the year.

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(screen capture from CCC website)

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Their “Online Training” program looks terrific!

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(screen capture from CCC website)

creating compassionate cultures online program

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Another related, inspiring program, “The Sixteen Guidelines for Life”…also encouraging the development of important life qualities….encouraging knowledge, strength and compassion in how we think, how we act, how we relate and how we find meaning. (I created the bookmark below, as reminder for myself of these 16 particular qualities)

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sixteen guidelines fpmt bookmark

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??? Don’t these look like terrific programs???
especially for a “Pocket Perspectives” kind of  person ??
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Maybe I’ll look into participating in their programs.
Anyone else want to join me?

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Compassion Day
Creating Compassionate Cultures,
an inspiring mission for each and every one of us

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Creating Compassionate Cultures:   www.creatingcompassionatecultures.org

“The best birthday gift for me would be
to please keep your own mind and your own heart  more compassionate.”

creating compassionate cultures headline banner

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