Stories for Stories of Compassion

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Compassion for Mother Earth: Unprecedented Alliance Protects the Salish Sea

Compassion for Mother Earth: Unprecedented Alliance Protects the Salish Sea

All life is interconnected: birthed from the same great beginning of impossible origins, you, everyone you know, and everything you’ve ever loved or experienced was forged in the living hearts of dying stars. Many of our ancient ancestors knew this to be the fundamental truth of all existence, the delicate balance and interdependent nature of all life, and lived their lives in this wisdom. Though we have gained much from our technological and scientific advances in modern times, this knowledge...

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Say Yes to Human Rights and the Compassion Games

Say Yes to Human Rights and the Compassion Games

Lush Cosmetics is an incredible supporter of Human Rights and asked us to write about it. LUSH is a Gold Sponsor of the Games! What does it mean to be a free person? What are the human rights that guarantee these freedoms? The answer to this profound question and often taken for granted concept may be as simple as having the right to say, “no.” Think about it for just a moment. If you can no longer decline what people ask of you, then by definition you must obey them, and ultimately, you no...

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Compassion is a two-way stream – one must give in order to receive

By Atit Marmer My entire life has been committed to learning and understanding the giving and receiving of compassion. My first memory of an event involving this spiritual path goes way back to the sixth grade when our class visited a student art show presented by a school situated in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I grew up. I felt the pain and resilience of the students, many of whom were my age, and I instinctively reached out to a number of them, talking and...

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A teacher’s compassion, a family supported

By Marilyn Pulliam Mary and her mother were with the principal, who introduced Mary saying, “Mrs. Jones will be your reading teacher.” “I don’t read,” came the reply. “Mrs. Jones will teach you.” “I don’t read,” she repeated. To break the impasse Mrs. Jones invited Mary to a corner of the room. Mary really meant she not only did not read but couldn’t. Mrs. Jones had a book which contained only stick figures to illustrate the story. After several pages a single word appeared on the page. Soon...

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Films tell stories of compassion at Seattle event

 Submitted by What's Good 206 If you let a community tell its own stories, what do you hear? During Seattle's Compassion Games, independent filmmakers brought us stories of a neighborhood coming together around a community garden, a community formed around an all-night diner, and a community of dancers that became family for a Seattle newcomer.   These and about a dozen other films were shown during an event called, "A Story Runs Through It, " which was hosted by Seattle International...

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Help plant a garden of compassion at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club

By Jon Ramer   The Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club needs you. Dedicated school chef Patrice Freeman shops the sales to feed her hungry troupe, but she has a dream, to feed her boys and girls with fresh fruit and vegetables from a bountiful school garden. She has the space, and she's looking for donations of soil and the materials to create eight to 10 large planters for the garden and fill them with rich planting soil for the 2013 spring and summer. The club is budget challenged. On the...

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‘Kindness School’ builds strong academics with compassion

 Submitted by What's Good 206 Strong academics are a byproduct of a good school. That's the model for Puget Sound Community School, which operates on the premise that students learn best when they are supported in their passions. And yes, they do take classes like pre-calculus and physics. Teaching compassion and kindness are an essential part of that education, says founder Andy Smallman, who founded the school 19 years ago with his wife Melinda Shaw. Hear students and teachers talk about...

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Hope and pain through a social worker’s eyes

By Martha Hopler As I head to the home of J. I feel a sense of urgency today is the day.  Today is the day I have waited for, for some time.  I have waited for the moment she is ready to head to re-hab.  I am very aware of the choices I have made to allow her to continue to care for her children while she chooses  to use drugs and alcohol to escape the realities of her difficult life. As the social worker I live in the ever present tension of what is right for her kids and what she wants…. ...

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He lived compassion at life’s end

By Alanna Gunne Lying in his bed, he listened to the sounds of life.  He could smell the pot roast cooking in the kitchen and hear his housemates moving through the halls.  A movie was playing on his VCR and he was comfortable.  He had not envisioned his life this way.  He loved the beach and the sunshine.  He loved his work and his many friends knew him as a passionate foodie.  Assisted by his pain medications, he often dreamed of those days.  In a way it was a gift because he could live in...

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Volunteers nurture compassion throughout community

   Submitted by Kizzie Funkhouser We are fellow volunteers that serve those in need, Farmers of hope, we're planting the seeds - Weeding out obstacles when lives' pathways are blocked. Standing together, our diverse strands, woven to stalks Of goodwill and compassion we nurture, Strong - rooted in belief that every life matters That dignity and respect have no boundaries or status. We are young, we are old, yet we are the same Our vision not of the chore, we see the faces, know names,...

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