TC349: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 7:Compassion

TC349: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 7:Compassion

In this week’s podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Front continue their discussion of “The Book of Joy”. This week we focus on Pillar 7: Compassion – Something We Want to Become Compassion – All traditions carry the same message: the message of love. Compassion is a sense of concern that arises when we are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to see that suffering relieved. It connects the feeling of empathy to acts of kindness, generosity and other altruistic tendencies. According to the research, we are hard-wired to want to relieve the suffering of others. Can compassion be taught? How is compassion related to joy and happiness?...

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TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost begin their review of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. The book explores how to live a more joyous life and is broken down into the “Eight Pillars”: Perspectives, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity. This is one of a hundred or so (!) books  that the Dalai Lama has authored or lent his name to, and the first one with Archbishop Tutu. The Four Independent Brain Circuits In this week’s show, Robin mentions the “four independent brain circuits that influence our well-being. According to Davidson: “There are four independent brain circuits...

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TC 272: Pope Francis – Beacon of Compassion

TC 272: Pope Francis – Beacon of Compassion

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss the recent visit of Pope Francis, and the concept of being a change-agent for compassion. They talk about their reactions to the Pope’s visit, and how he personifies caring for the least among us. They discuss tools for cultivating compassion for ourselves and toward others. At the bottom of this blog post you’ll find one such tool – a video of a Loving Kindness Meditation. Pope Francis visited the United States from September 22-27. He traveled to Washington, D.C. , New York, and Philadelphia. The news covered his visit extensively, including his speech to Congress, his visit to the United Nations, and his participation at the World Meeting of...

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