Our initial goals are to collaborate and encourage others to add the cultivation of compassion, kindness, gentleness, interconnection, reflective practices and Indigenous healing and wisdom practices to curricula, and mission statements on our beautiful land.
We believe that we “who are alive at this time” are called to fall back in love with our forests, oceans, and our own “perfectly imperfect” human nature. We seek to collaborate with all who work in academia and the arts, business and finance, economics policy and politics, healing and medicine, research and science, philosophy, and in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Wisdom teaching.
We are overjoyed to learn that cutting-edge scientific research, Indigenous Wisdom Traditions and our luminous Wisdom Teachings, all teach that we are interconnected in a magnificent web of life.
We reviewed the work of many researchers, scholars, and thought leaders working in the field of kindness and compassion.
We seek collaborators to help synthesize and share new information to transform our culture that will lead to the flourishing of both human and non-human life to the Seventh Generation. We also seek collaborators to pilot and study the impact of integrating this knowledge into any and all courses and curricula taught in our beautiful land.
We seek collaborations with educators, parents, and community partners who share our interest in teaching, evaluating, and continuously improving teaching skills and tools on the following themes for every course and curriculum taught in our beautiful land.
We seek to create resources and fundraise by developing and selling merchandise that aligns with and furthers our mission.
As founder of BeCompassionate NL, I believe the innovation needed in 2021 is to learn how to collectively activate our enormous individual and human capacity to be compassionate and kind, to reconnect with our human sisters, brothers, and all nature.
As a very disconnected modern, I am awed and inspired by the wonderful examples of compassion for our living earth shown by local artists Megan Samms and Burlington Tooshkenig, creative Kim Todd, founder of Guide to the Good, and many other compassion activists who light up our lives.
Our current dominant global culture favours the compartmentalization of every facet of our lives.
To compartmentalize, we learn to divide and categorize every aspect of our lives as individuals, communities, and societies. Compartmentalization and structure are essential for us to maintain order and harmony in our very complex world. In modern western hospitals, for example, a skilled neurosurgeon operating alone cannot safely perform heart surgery. The neurosurgeon needs to communicate and work well with an entire team. Working with her team, she can provide great compassion and safe care to her patients.
In 2021, we need to be able to connect and make long-term plans with people who may have very diverse worldviews. Many of us need to relearn how to live in harmony with the natural world. To achieve our compassion-worthy goals, we need to create the shared language, narrative, platforms, and worldviews required to begin, in a healthy interconnected way, solving the complex problems created by our disconnect from nature and other people, as well as the hurt and harm our decisions cause others.
The well-intentioned efforts of the City of St. John’s to develop a multi-purpose path are one example of the complexity of our challenges. The first plan, along with others, went back to the drawing board. In 2021, when so few of us are ecologically, financially, and scientifically literate, creating inclusion whilst also serving the needs of nature takes effort, patience, discussion, and engagement. Nationally, the challenge of “Hard Butter” for our bakers and foodies has been traced to the novel practice of adding palm oil to dairy feed in Canada. In choosing to add palm oil to our cattle feed, we Canadians failed to show compassion for the devastation we are contributing to the Rain Forests of Indonesia.
Hopefully, in 2021, with support from Patagonia and others, as we continue to address systemic racism, more of us will come to know and recognize the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of the 363 Bishnoi women who were the original tree huggers. These brave villagers sacrificed their lives in defence of their trees in the Kesherli massacre, which took place in India, in 1730.
Hopefully, with help from Diana Beresford-Kroeger, an Irish Canadian scientist, more of us will fall back in love with trees. Hopefully, like those amazing Bishnoi women, we moderns will learn to cultivate compassion and (loving) kindness for our remaining boreal forests, and for all the beautiful animals, birds, and fish the forests support and protect.
Very helpful for me, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, our Chief Medical Officer, provides an elevating example of “embodied” compassion, kindness, and science-based leadership. Also, our excellent NL Accord Task Force is a visionary example of democratic engagement.
The innovation I seek to champion in 2022 is to open our local Overton Window to embrace the cultivation of compassion, democracy, ecological literacy, relative equality, inclusion, and a deep connection to people, animals, birds, fish, trees, and all things living on our planet.
The resources I use daily for personal inspiration include reading and watching videos on the compassion-focused approach of Jesuit priest Greg Boyle.
I also love compassion-focused videos of animal rescues. Here is one I found on March 14, 2021. I searched under swans.
The list of wonderful Buddhist teachers with many extraordinary mentors, peers, and teachers in the growing Compassion Cultivation Training community is long. I hope to write more about these wonderful teachers in blog posts. Compassionomics is a wonderful and rapidly evolving field new to me and a constant source of inspiration.
My secondary goal is to collaborate with others to envision what a more compassionate, kinder, inclusive, relatively equal ecologically and technologically advanced society may look like and how to transfigure ourselves and our society to create a brighter future for all. Also, to research whether cultivating different types of compassion will help us address our incredibly complex challenges. In healthcare, the study of “Compassionomics” is very relevant.
Karen Armstrong, a British author, and scholar used the $100,000 she won for her Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) talk in 2008 to initiate a global discussion on compassion. Through an open access process, 100,000 people from 100 countries shared their ideas on compassion. A Council for Conscience was created. A Charter for Compassion was signed by over 2,000,000 people.
I invite you to sign the Charter for Compassion.
As a grateful new Canadian, I am saddened to about the terrible genocide and suffering experienced by many of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, since the beginning of European colonization, over five centuries ago. I am learning about the suffering of an estimated 16,000,000 Africans forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean and enslaved. I am learning about the ongoing Truth and Reconciliation process; efforts to revive, study and speak First Nations languages; restorative justice, and the decolonization of our institutions. I am also learning of the tragic destruction of so much of 90% of Nature by human activities and actions.
In 2022, I feel that we are all also called to extend compassion to all forms of life in our beautiful land and beautiful living planet. COVID-19 makes it abundantly clear that we are all interconnected. Rapid progress in the development of vaccines against COVID-19 demonstrates how much we can achieve when local, national, and global communities work together.
During this pandemic, I have become increasingly aware of how our global economy, fuelled by a model of endless war and continued industrialization of farming, fishing, forestry, and transportation has led to the loss of 70 percent of animals, birds, and fish, in Canada and globally, over the past 70 years. In 2022, each of us needs to contribute to creating an ecologically advanced civilization. In this excellent summary, Jeremy Lent with great compassion gives us all an overview of what we need to change as individuals and as societies to achieve our goals. The global choice of the Gross National and Gross Domestic Products as our measures of economic progress have led to dangerous levels of climate change, loss of biodiversity, chemical and plastic pollution, and human inequality. Kate Raworth, a leading economist has taken the time to show all of how to think like a 21st-century economist.
In 2022, we know Canada was founded at a time of gender inequality, deep systemic racism, and discrimination. Post pandemic, we need to rebuild better. We are challenged to transform ourselves, and our society; to become more compassionate ,kind and mindful of the suffering of non human life around us.
As compassion-focused activists, we set our intention to work in solidarity to accept our human imperfections and to c0-create more equal, inclusive, ecologically, and technologically advanced societies. This transformation needs to occur locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. We each have a role to play.
To avoid overwhelm, it is wise to start by cultivating self-compassion and compassionate empathy. Some compassion researchers state that cultivating compassion, empathy, and connection with others will bring us joy.
The global response to the song, Jerusalema, gives me hope that we can create compassion and experience joy.
In this video, Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood manifest compassion, community, and joy.
Compassion is discussed in the following links:
Reflections on Compassion, Dr. James Doty, Neurosurgeon and Founder, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Learn More
Reflections on Compassion, created by students incarcerated at Angola prison, Louisiana, as a gift to their teacher, Laura Martin. Introduced by Dr. Thupten Jinpa.
What self-compassion is and how to begin to cultivate our capacity for self-compassion. Dr. Kristin Neff, Researching the Benefits of Cultivating Self-Compassion.
How to be a good parent, Dr. Gabor Maté, Canadian Physician, Author, and Compassion Advocate.
A moment of Compassion An interview with Dr. Thupten Jinpa, donothing podcast, hosted by Robe Dube.
My wish: the Charter for Compassion A TED talk by Karen Armstrong.
We need to ensure everyone has access to healthy food, especially young people wishing to have children, pregnant women, babies, children, all who are ill and vulnerable, and ideally everyone living in our province.
We need to ensure everyone is safe and protected from the elements.
We know the brains of human babies grow 50 percent in the first nine months.
Hence, some parents, cultures, and subcultures abuse and treat children cruelly with what we now know to be an incorrect perspective that abuse, emotional distancing, and cruelty will “purify and strengthen” children.
This appallingly misguided view of parenting has been championed at times by artists, clergy, creatives, elites, pediatricians, philosophers, horrifically misguided scientists, storytellers and theologians.
This has greatly contributed to our current catastrophic levels of unhealed intergenerational trauma and has normalized the cruel insanity of warfare.
Self- Acceptance means accepting that we are all perfectly imperfect.
Cultivating Self-Kindness and Self-Compassion improves our quality of life.
Keep Calm and Carry on is extremely useful in a crisis.
To heal and reconcile takes commitment, time, and effort.
The Benefits of Cultivating and Practicing Embodiment and Reflection.
Community is critically important. Very few of us thrive as hermits.
The quality and quantity of our relationships are key to our health. This link does not work and needs a new link
Partnership-focused relationships help us thrive.
The Benefits of Cultivating Non-Violent Communication (NVC). The link does not work.
The Kaiser Permanente-CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences Study shows conclusively that many people experiencing abuse and neglect in childhood will have an increased risk of chronic illness throughout their lifetime.
Many of us distract and soothe our pain by engaging in risky health behaviours, such as smoking, eating fast food, drinking alcohol, gambling, taking street drugs, engaging in risky sex, and generally being unkind to our bodies.
We humans are very creative at distracting ourselves from heartache by keeping busy, blaming, and shaming others, gossiping, grasping for success, indulging in dramas, playing games, shopping, starting wars.
Long-term, unaddressed trauma may contribute to high rates of chronic illness.
Parents, physicians, and clergy who advocate for abuse, harsh judgement, emotional detachment, and rigidity to prepare babies and children for life create disconnected adults prone to illness.
Western trained therapists are beginning to learn how to heal individuals, families, and communities from traumatic stress.
Creating high levels of heart intelligence, and focusing on healing our individual and collective traumas and preventing retraumatization, is essential to decrease high rates of cancer, heart disease, mental illness, autoimmune disease, and Type 2 diabetes
Our minds and bodies are indivisible. Dualism, especially Cartesian dualism, is an outmoded and unhelpful system of thinking.
The pain and suffering a handful of sociopaths can cause for other people and animals is horrendous. To protect everyone, it is critically important to identify, monitor, and limit the impact of serial rapists, torturers, and murderers.
As a culture and a society, we must invest in the prevention of child abuse, domestic and partner violence, and address these antisocial cultural and social challenges as universally as we are addressing COVID-19.
Animal abuse and torture must be addressed. There is such a strong link between animal abuse and torture and the serial killing of human beings.
We see a need to discuss, research, and study how best to avoid giving power to “strong”, authoritarian” leaders who incite the violence against ‘The Other”, which leads to genocide.
We see a need to study how kindness and compassion; cruelty and abuse are contagious.
We see a need to study how to defuse and peacefully overcome the politics of bias cultivation, hatred and division.
We see a need to study how to recognize and limit the adverse effects of psychopaths and sociopaths within our families, churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, schools, communities, corporations, and institutions.
We seek to:
Collaborate with all who wish to create abundance for the Seventh Generation, by advocating for, educating about, envisioning, and imagining long-term programs and solutions.
Create communities and a society in which all caregivers and parents have the resources and time needed to allow all our babies to be deeply loved, nurtured, to safely explore, grow, and play and to be protected from abuse, neglect and exposure to deadly chemicals in plastic toys and body products stored in plastic.
Protect our babies from being programmed to become “Anxiety Prone Productive Consumers.”
Ban all profit-motivated advertising directed at babies, children, and people under 19 years of age and our young parents.
Call on every level of government to tackle pandemic profiteering.
Request our governments to pilot and monitor the introduction of an easily accessible, administered, and monitored Universal Basic Income.
Tackle homelessness, mortgage foreclosures, and spiralling costs of housing.
Tackle Climate Change and plastic pollution.
Decolonize and decarbonize, with minimal disruption and harm to all, especially all who are vulnerable.
Honour and reconcile with our Indigenous people.
Reconcile with the people of Québec.
Create our own local, national, and international version of a Doughnut Economy, as described by Kate Raworth. https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/.
Change how we live and create new policies and laws so we can interact with kindness and compassion with family, friends, neighbours, and all non-human conscious life on our interconnected living planet.
Encourage, fund, and support family, friends, and neighbours who work in fossil fuel or related industries so they can transition to work in a Green economy. https://www.corporateknights.com/
Encourage, fund, and support each other, our family, friends, and neighbours as we cultivate maximal kindness and transition to regenerative approaches to our industries producing energy, clothing, electronics, food, healthcare, and shelter. https://advaya.co/events/series/a-journey-home
Encourage and support family, friends, and neighbours to become leaders in the cultivation of wind energy, Green Wave Agriculture, and biodegradable products. https://www.greenwave.org/
Save wild salmon, trout, cod, and all finned fish.
Add in the Joy of Wild Salmon Alexandra Morton it is a Youtube video
Create abundance for the Seventh Generation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2phg8nOd5E.
We advocate so that:
Western Medicine will recognize the benefits of intentionally and explicitly cultivating kindness and compassion. https://www.compassionomics.com/
Western Medicine will recognize the importance of emotional wellbeing to our health. https://drgabormate.com/topic/mindbody-health/
Western Medicine will begin integrating new data demonstrating that minds, bodies, hearts, and brains are physiologically linked in complex ways.
Being Kind can be developed as a Can Meds Role.
Benefits of self-kindness and self-compassion be added to the curriculum for healthcare professionals.
Health risks of individual and intergenerational trauma, bias, and discrimination be added to the curriculum.
Administrators, clinical, and support staff are evaluated for knowledge and practice of kindness and compassion.
Medical staff bylaws be changed so that prior to suspending a physician without warning, the physician will first be informed of concerns raised by colleagues and staff. Also, that the physician is first offered a full functional, cognitive performance evaluation and medical evaluation. If a health challenge is identified, the physician may then be offered medical leave with care and rehabilitation rather than be suspended without pay.
All patients recommended intensive combination cancer therapy also be offered baseline cognitive performance evaluations, and follow-up evaluations to help guide decision making to manage their responsibilities at home and work during and after treatment.