Faculty members, workshop leaders, and grassroots organizers joined together to organize Houston Compassion Week 2015. Opportunities to develop internally and give back externally were offered throughout the city, bringing together service organizations and compassionate practitioners for the first time.
Movement for Compassion
Hearing from Compassionate Friends
Compassion enables us to heal ourselves and others because it allows us to connect. We in Compassionate Houston hope to serve and help heal our city by connecting compassionately with our neighbors as well as ourselves. Compassion is a gift, a natural human asset, a powerful force for good. It grows by being shared. Compassionate Houston shares this deep commitment to connecting compassionately with ourselves and fellow citizens in service to all.
Compassion Heals / Michael Pardee, The Boniuk Institute
In one way or another, every values-oriented culture, religious or not, teaches the importance of treating others the way we wish to be treated. How to achieve that goal may vary. It begins with listening. When we are able to listen to another’s viewpoint, we begin to be able to understand how to treat people as individuals, not categories.
The Golden Rule / Rabbi Dan Gordon
Compassion is a simple response of the heart. I often reflect upon the words of George Washington Carver, "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these." We all have been given the ability to offer compassion. We must simply decide if we are willing to move beyond our selves in order to truly live as agents of change.
Compassion and The Heart / The Rev. Glenice Robinson-Como
"We are hard-wired for compassion- it feels good in our body when we act with care and understanding toward ourselves or others. Compassion springs from knowing in our heart we all belong to one another; our well-being depends on the well-being of all creation."
Nonviolent Communication / Bren Hardt, CNVC Certified Trainer of Compassionate (or Nonviolent) Communication