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The Importance of Empathy - People tend to not be concerned about issues that don’t ‘hit close to home’ because they feel like it’s something that could never happen to them, but even if most of us never experience war or lose our homes, it is important that we try to be a little more aware of what happens to other people around the world, even if we don’t see the relevancy of it to our lives.

Awareness is the first step, in my opinion, to understanding the kind of world we live in. Some people have the privilege of traveling to other countries to see firsthand how other people live, others can take classes about different cultures or can talk to other people who have gone places and have experienced things that they haven’t experienced. I understand that not everyone can travel to different places, but you shouldn’t have to leave your country or even your hometown to become aware of the different ways that people around you live and the kinds of things they experience.

Image: Chris Sardegna Related November 7, 2014. Do You Suffer From Compassion Fatigue? One of the more common negative stereotypes surrounding nurses is that we are cold and heartless. And while there are some nurses who do fit this stereotype, the vast majority of us care deeply about our patients. I have personally cared for patients who I have thought about even while not at work.

But what happens when that sense of caring goes beyond the job and begins to negatively affect you? You may suffer from what is called compassion fatigue. What is compassion fatigue? Compassion fatigue is the stress one feels while caring for patients who are very ill physically and/or emotionally. Isn't this just typical job burnout?

No. How serious of a problem is compassion fatigue? Although compassion fatigue can affect any member of the healthcare field, I'll focus on the impact it has on nurses and nursing. What are the signs of compassion fatigue? I think I have compassion fatigue. If you think you have compassion fatigue, odds are you do. Why the Rich and Powerful Have Less Empathy. October 7, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Psychologist Daniel Goleman has written a fascinating piece for today’s New York Times about social status and empathy. It seems that the richer and more powerful a person is, the less empathy he or she is likely to have for people who are lower in status: A growing body of recent research shows that people with the most social power pay scant attention to those with little such power.

[Snip] In 2008, social psychologists from the University of Amsterdam and the University of California, Berkeley, studied pairs of strangers telling one another about difficulties they had been through, like a divorce or death of a loved one. It’s not that rich people are natural-born sociopaths — although some of them certainly give that impression. The financial difference ends up creating a behavioral difference. I see this in my own life all the time. Empathy, democracy and the economy. Credit: Shutterstock.

All rights reserved. When one-tenth of the US population controls 80 per cent of national wealth there can be only one conclusion: democracy is on life support in America. Democracy means nothing if money can buy elections, pay lobbyists to buy officials, and disable public institutions through cronyism and corruption. Whatever birthright we enjoy as citizens is expropriated when delegated to people whose decision-making authority is on sale to the highest bidder. The finance industry is thriving once again while disparities in income and opportunity have grown exponentially. The answer is that democracy is lost unless we re-structure our economies, and re-structuring our economies requires a new operating system based on different values.

At present, our economic systems afford us only the narrowest view of human potential. What would change if the economy was re-structured with empathy at the center? In markets prices vary according to supply and demand. Compassion and the Awakened Heart | Reiki Help Blog :: Oasis Reiki Dojo. © Pamir Kiciman 2010 Compassion is a quality of the awakened heart. The awakened heart is one which is healed and transcendent of petty concerns.

The natural human capacity to feel for and with others is where compassion begins. Compassion circumscribed by one’s immediate family and friends is an imitation of itself. True compassion brings with it a clear awareness. Compassion elevates both the bearer and its recipient. Compassion has to begin in spiritual contemplation and practice. Compassion at the human level is better than any of its opposites. Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. What’s often missed with compassion is that it’s also a tremendous source of strength. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution. — Kahlil Gibran How have you accessed compassion, how has it instructed you and where have you applied its goodness?

Donate to this blog. Empathy Is The Most Important Ingredient To Social Business Transformation. If you have read any social business articles, whitepapers or blogs lately you probably read that you need to have a plan, deploy the technology and engage the users. Such advice barely scratches the surface. It fails to advise how to plan, how to deploy and how to engage. It is like describing the ingredients to a gourmet dessert but failing to explain how to make a mousse. What guides successful planning, deployment and engagement is something much fuzzier and difficult to nail down: empathy. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of someone else and get a sense of what they’re feeling, experiencing and desiring. Successful social engagement systems rely on empathy. What separates successful Facebook contests from failures is the ability to anticipate and deliver a chance at a coveted experience or prize.

Did you notice the key words in those answers? What will a suburban mother of 3 working part-time covet? Understanding your prospect’s context requires empathy. Bill Drayton Speaks About Empathy, Collaborative Entrepreneurship and the Power of You. Eric Paglia, co-host of the Stockholm-based radio program Think Globally Radio, chatted with Ashoka's founder and CEO Bill Drayton at the Tällberg Forum in Sigtuna, Sweden last month. The Tällberg Forum is an annual event that brings together innovators, visionaries, and leaders to answer the most pressing questions facing our rapidly restructuring world; this year, the Tällberg Forum asked: "How can we agree to agree?

" The 30-minute interview, presented in two parts in Think Globally's radio broadcast, is all about different perspectives on how to create change. Drayton and Paglia discuss Ashoka's mission, empathy, collaborative entrepreneurship (and what's required to make a coordinated global effort work), in addition to the solutions being employed by Drayton's other project, Get America Working! The interview is worth a listen.

To check it out, visit the Think Globally Radio website and follow the audio code "110911. " Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning - Education... Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me feel inspired.” It’s a surprising complaint coming from a 42-year-old Yale research scientist with a 27-page CV and nearly $4 million in career funding. But Brackett knows that many kids feel the way he does about school, and he wants to do a complete emotional makeover of the nation’s schools. At a time of contentious debate over how to reform schools to make teachers more effective and students more successful, “social emotional learning” may be a key part of the solution.

An outgrowth of the emotional intelligence framework, popularized by Daniel Goleman, SEL teaches children how to identify and manage emotions and interactions. Brackett quickly learned that developing empathy in kids requires working on their teachers first. Now in use in hundreds of schools around the country, RULER has been measurably successful.

Wisdom and Compassion as the Path in Reiki - Reiki Help Blog :: Oasis Reiki Dojo - Hollywood Fort Lauderdale Pembroke Pines Florida Miami Dade Broward Palm Beach South Florida Reiki Training, Japanese Reiki Classes. Reiki is a way of life. It is a way of living with wisdom and compassion. Wisdom is meta intelligence; that which has broken the limits of the rational mind. Compassion is meta love; that which has broken the limits of the human heart. Reiki is also a teaching with certain practices or methods. Often we give precedence to the method over the way. Methods are there to facilitate the way. Methods improve who we are, bring out our gold, transform us to be what we really are. To become a better Reiki practitioner means to become a better person.

The methods of Reiki vary. Wisdom and compassion are the path in Reiki. What is Wisdom? Information is just bits of data. . — Ram Dass Wisdom has four tiers: Data Information Knowledge Wisdom We start with raw data. Wisdom has its mundane side; wisdom applied to the affairs of the world, which is still preferable to approaching the world without wisdom. It’s the existential aspect of wisdom that Reiki facilitates and enhances. Wisdom’s tiers of concern: Self. The Era of Empathy | Ci: Conscientious Innovation. Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

Rifkin asks a really interesting question: “How does consciousness change throughout history”? He argues that empathy is the invisible hand that keeps extending as technological progress is made and time and space boundaries dissolve: “We have the technology to think viscerally as a family”. “Rethinking the human narrative,” isn’t that what sustainability is about? In that case, it’s time to turn up the empathy dial! Igniting Inspiration is pushing this cultural shift forward through their Advanced Empathy Training for Business and Social Visionaries. Designer and writer Frank Chimero may be on to something: