How to Be More Compassionate at Work

How compassion can short-circuit stressors in the workplace.

Have you ever dreaded going into work because the people around you were in a negative spiral of energy? We are emotional beings and we can’t help but be affected by the varying moods and interactions we have with others. Life is always changing and this constant change can create difficult thoughts and emotions, which can flow into the workplace. The silver lining is that if we can meet suffering at work with concern and care, compassion naturally arises. Work environments that cultivate compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work.

We can experience a variety of difficulties at work. Organizational actions may trigger suffering like job loss and downsizing. It was found in a study that downsizing unsettles people who lose their jobs and distresses survivors who are concerned about their colleagues’ losses, along with their own job security (Mishra et al.… READ MORE...

How Mindfulness Can Save the Planet

Eight steps to a greener, more sustainable world.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
—Robert Swan

Why do you meditate? To slow down, be more present in your life, release stress, change negative habits? These reasons might be the initial spark for the practice, but there is something even more profound that we gain through mindfulness. When we become more aware of our thought patterns and start to untangle from them a bit, our hearts open up and there is an opportunity to recognize that we’re all connected to each other on this planet. In this way, meditation becomes more than a solitary pursuit. My meditation practice is strengthened and maintained because of your meditation practice. With mindfulness, we can train the mind to pay attention on an individual and a global level. It’s with this global awareness that we can ask: “What really matters?” and then respond with wise action.… READ MORE...

Learn how to wait and everything will fall into place

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer. For todays post, I wanted to focus on the topic of patience. Most of my students and clients often ask me, “How can I become more patient?” Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Impatience, the opposite of patience is a flavor of anger. I wrote about the various flavors of anger several weeks back. When we listen and honor our impatience, we can sense what is at the root of it. Impatience arises for all types of reasons, but often it is because we are expecting a certain outcome or goal to happen faster than it actually is. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You are stuck in traffic and really want to get to where we are going.
  • You have a deadline that we have been told needs to happen today, but there is a hold up.
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