Editor’s note: Although written in June 2010, these resources are still current and website links updated in 2014…..

As mentioned last week, an integral piece of the evolutionary journey is our personal expansion of the groups for whom we have compassion and empathy followed by our desire to be an agent for positive change.  Today we look at a number of resources which may be helpful to you in meeting that end.

Charter for Compassion —  Follow the link and read the charter calling for more compassion in the world through our personal efforts and our institutions such as religions and others. Sign the petition. Share it with others.  Read the stories of compassionate action posted by hundreds of people…add your own.

Compassionate Action Network —  Follow the link and read about an organization whose stated mission is “to build a global network for self-organizing groups to connect, collaborate, and take action to awaken compassion in our children, ourselves, and our world.”  Join a local group or start one.  Use the online resources to grow a community in compassion. Social media tools for the compassion builder.

Season for Nonviolence — Resources for the growing movement for peace and nonviolence as a way of life sponsored by the Association for Global New Thought.  Get involved with or help start a local task force. Center for

Nonviolent Communication — Building on the techniques of author and teacher Marshall Rosenberg, this group is in over 65 countries around the world.  They offer training sessions and support in using methods of conflict resolution that lead to truly listening to each other and acting from a sense of dignity and respect for one another.

Compassion and the Individual —  A wonderful article by the Dalai Lama on the power and importance of cultivating compassion in your life. Read it and be inspired. I will close this list off with a quote from the Dalai Lama in the article just cited: “I believe that at every level of society – familial, tribal, national and international – the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.”

Mark Gilbert

ps. I would love to hear about any resources you know of that were not listed here that you have found useful in cultivating compassion and empathy.  Post or email me please.

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