Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

CW Insight Meditation

Compassion Week - Insight Meditation: Radiating Compassion For Oneself Into the World

Covenant Church
4949 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

Free event


Weekly sittings are held on Monday nights from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline St. They are open to people of all faiths, or none. Currently, they are led by Ginger Clarkson, a Community Dharma Leader trained by James Baraz, Jack Kornfield and other teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Typically, the sessions begin with a few minutes of Qi Gong exercises, followed by approximately half an hour of silent meditation. A talk applying principles of Buddhist philosophy to everyday life often follows, succeeded by discussion.

Parking is available for free. Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your own cushion or bench.

This is an ongoing offering. Visit the Insight Meditation website here.

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

CW Sacred Movement and Dance on the Labyrinth

Compassion Week - Sacred Movement and Dance on the Labyrinth: An Interfaith Experience Through Music and Movement

Grace Episcopal Church
4040 W. Bellfort
Houston 77025

Free event
Sponsored by Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and Grace Episcopal Church


Gathered together in the  Grace Prayer Garden, around a beautiful labyrinth and under the canopy of two oak trees, Houstonians will hear sacred sounds from many different faith groups. In the spirit of Compassionate Houston, participants will experience respect and appreciation for ways that faith communities raise their voices and instruments to worship the sacred. Remembering past events, some people may be motivated to dance on the labyrinth while others may prefer to sit and absorb the wonderful music as twilight sets over the garden.

Free Event

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

CW Understanding Compassion and Living Compassionately

Compassion Week - Understanding Compassion and Living Compassionately: An evening of dialogue, reflection and meditation.

The Art of Living
10303 Northwest Freeway, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77092

Contact Aurva.Kapoor@artofliving.org to register.


Join fellow seekers of compassion and self-awareness in an enlivening dialogue about living compassionately and exploring what compassion means to you. Speak your truth, be heard, listen and connect!

 The dialogue will be facilitated by Aurva Kapoor (Instructor - Art of Living Foundation) followed by a live guided meditation. 

About Art of Living 

Operating in 154 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All of AOLF’s programs are guided by Sri Sri’s philosophy: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”

The AOLF community is diverse and attracts people from all walks of life, backgrounds and religious orientations.

About Aurva Kapoor

Aurva Kapoor is a trained breath-work and meditation instructor and has been volunteering with the Art of Living foundation since 2007. He has been meditating for about 19 years and teaching meditation, stress-management tools and self-development workshops for the past 7 years. He was trained to teach these programs by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living.

He is also a licensed and practicing structural engineer in the state of Texas.

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Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

CW The Power of Belonging: Meditative Techniques for Cultivating Compassion and Connection

Compassion Week - The Power of Belonging: Meditative Techniques for Cultivating Compassion and Connection

A Presentation by Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

$20 Suggested Donation
Registration Required
This special Compassion Week event is a joint offering of Compassionate Houston and The Jung Center.


Feelings of isolation and helplessness are at the heart of the epidemic of anxiety and depression that has spread across America. Dr. Negi has developed a revolutionary method derived from Buddhist compassion practices that have a proven impact on resilience, well being, and the ability to sustain a self-nourishing and compassionate life. Moving the practitioner out of empathetic distress at the suffering of others, Cognitive Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) offers a blueprint for shifting into a compassionate stance that is proven to light up the joy circuits in the brain. The longest studied compassion training program in existence, it is being deployed in hospitals, medical schools, chaplaincy training, school district leadership, with foster children, cancer survivors, suicide survivors, parents of children with autism, and veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It is an essential method for supporting anyone whose life touches the suffering of others.

About Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD

Lobsang Tenzin Negi is a Professor of Practice in Emory University’s Department of Religion and the co-founder and director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a unique multi-dimensional initiative founded at Emory University in 1998. A former monk with the highest degrees and training in Buddhist meditation and philosophy under the supervision of the Dalai Lama, Dr. Negi completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1999; his interdisciplinary dissertation centered on traditional Buddhist and contemporary Western approaches to emotions and their impact on wellness.  His current research focuses on the complementarity of modern science and contemplative practice. He developed CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) and oversees all aspects of the CBCT program including teacher certification and research involving the use of CBCT as a protocol.

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Apr
24
6:45 PM18:45

CW Practice Houston Intro to Contemplative Practice

Compassion Week Practice Houston: Introduction to Contemplative Practice
The Practice of Self Compassion Through Creative Writing

Writers In The Schools Meeting House
1519 W. Main St
Houston, TX 77006

Facilitated by Brooke Summers-Perry

$10 Suggested Donation
Seating is limited. Register to reserve a seat.


About this session

I believe that our lives are our stories. Therefore, by becoming more creative writers, we are able to mindfully and compassionately change the narrative that guides our lives daily. For my collection of prompts for spiritual growth, compassion, and connection, I distill practices from a variety of modalities like Nonviolent Communication, The Enneagram, Jesuit and Benedictine Christian monastic practices, Native American Spirituality, Buddhist meditation, creative writing, drawing and painting. I offer integrated and very simplified practices that lead us into awareness of our values and needs in the moment. Imagine an intersection where your greatest needs meet a broad spectrum of strategies to connect with your higher self, others, and our community. Each of these dimensions calls us to craft our stories with happier endings, for every one of us.

No prior experience is necessary.

About Practice Houston

Our gatherings include a brief check in, practice background and instructions, 20 minute practice, and reflection time. We encourage our community to explore all that Houston has to offer and we hope to be a starting place for curious, compassionate, meaning seekers.

Our practices and reflections, in a community, inform how we allow ourselves to grow, heal, and bring more loving kindness and compassion to ourselves, our relationships, and our communities. This group has no affiliation with any particular religious tradition, faith, or community. We honor many compassion-based idealogies and learn from the wisdom of various traditions and creative endeavors. All religious and spiritual backgrounds are welcome and free of judgment or expectation. We use Healing Circles and Circle of Trust® agreements to maintain respect for each individual and their inner guide.

About Brooke Summers-Perry

Brooke is a mom, teacher, artist, writer, spiritual director, and the Board of Compassionate Houston’s VP of Programs. She integrates a variety of growth, transformation, and creative modalities to offer practices that are accessible, impactful, and life changing for individuals, students, teachers, parents, and groups in all stages of life, Her practices and curated conversations cultivate compassion, connection, meaning, and awareness. The simplicity of the practices allows for immediate application in daily life, in every setting, role, and relationship.



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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

CW Healing Circles - Women's Circle

Compassion Week - Healing Circles: Deep Listening Circle for Women

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Free event


Healing Circles Houston is proud to offer Deep Listening – A Healing Circle for Women. We welcome you to join us from 6:00 – 7:30pm, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, at The Jung Center.  Each meeting provides the opportunity to explore one’s own story while enhancing our capacity to listen deeply to one another.  

There is no charge and light snacks will be provided.  

This is an ongoing practice. Visit the Healing Circles Website here.

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

CW Practical Compassion

Compassion Week - Practical Compassion

Unity of Houston,
Annex 104
2929 Unity Dr.
Houston, TX 77057

Free event
Donations are appreciated


“People are never the problem, strategies are the source of all conflicts.” This is my favorite quote by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. I have been an avid student of Nonviolent Communication since my first introduction to it in 2010. Empathy and compassion are the only tools I have found effective for sustainably resolving intrapersonal and/or interpersonal conflicts. Though they may not work every time in every instance with every body (owing to skills and needs) they are the only stratagems to provide sustainable solutions in conflicts of any description in my experience.   — Ed Halloran

Class Facilitator: Ed Halloran

Class fee: Love Offering

This is an ongoing practice. Visit the Unity website here.

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Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

CW Body of Movement at Studio Nia Moves

Compassion Week - Body of Movement at Studio Nia Moves

Nia Moves
508 Pecore St.
Houston, TX 77009

$5-$20 Donations Suggested


Body of Movement at Studio Nia Moves at 508 Pecore in the Heights, led by Nadine Mongeard Mott. This class in Conscious Movement opens the opportunity for a powerful kinesthetic connection to our True Nature.This session will focus on the Heart Chakra and our experience of Self-Compassion. Suggested donation of $5.00 to $20.00 is asked.


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Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

CW Practice Houston Supper Club

Compassion Week - Practice Houston Supper Club

In the home of this Supper Club’s sponsor, Cita Breitenwischer
West University Place
Bissonnet / Edloe

Exact address will be provided after registration.
$15/person


Gather around the table with the common goal of nourishing ourselves and our community with compassion and connection. The menu will include a variety of healthy foods and meaningful conversation starters. Conversation curated Brooke Summers-Perry

About Practice Houston

We are a community of collaboration, curiosity, compassion, and creativity. We gather, practice, and reflect. We are curious about how our practice enhances our lives and what we long for on our journey. Come breathe slowly with us in a space of strength and compassion. All religious and spiritual backgrounds are welcome and free of judgment or expectation. We use Healing Circles and Circle of Trust® agreements to maintain respect for each individual and their inner guide.

About Brooke Summers-Perry

Brooke is a mom, teacher, artist, writer, spiritual director, and the Board of Compassionate Houston’s VP of Programs. She integrates a variety of growth, transformation, and creative modalities to offer practices that are accessible, impactful, and life changing for individuals, students, teachers, parents, and groups in all stages of life, Her practices and curated conversations cultivate compassion, connection, meaning, and awareness. The simplicity of the practices allows for immediate application in daily life, in every setting, role, and relationship.

Contact Programs@compassionatehouston.org to sponsor or host a Supper Club in the summer or fall.

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Apr
27
1:30 PM13:30

CW Introduction to Compassionate Integrity Training

INTRODUCTION TO COMPASSIONATE INTEGRITY TRAINING (CIT)

This Compassion Week offering is jointly presented by Compassionate Houston and Unity of Houston.

Unity of Houston
Wallet Hall
2929 Unity Dr.
Houston, TX 77057

$20.00 Suggested Donation


Developed by Life University in Atlanta, Compassionate Integrity Training cultivates human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. It focuses on and builds toward compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity.

CIT is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma-informed care, peace and conflict studies and contemplative science. It is being used to train self-compassion, compassion for others and building compassionate systems to community leaders, peace builders, incarcerated individuals, at risk youth, and in homeless shelters and substance abuse facilities.

The complete CIT course is 10 weeks long and 20 hours in length as generally presented. In this introductory overview, Pam and Anita will present the foundational concepts and 10 skills of CIT and will offer a close-up look at Skill #1, Calming the Body and Mind.

ABOUT PAM LEWIS, PH.D.

Pam is President of the Compassionate Houston board and a board member of Insight Meditation Houston. She has a Master’s (Counseling Psychology) from Texas Tech University and a PH.D (Behavioral Sciences) from the UT School of Public Health. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, Texas) and worked many years as a rehabilitation consultant. She completed basic CIT in June 2018 and CIT Facilitator Level 1 Training in January 2019.

ABOUT ANITA LONG

Anita is a board member with Compassionate Houston. She is a filmmaker, educator and the owner of Long Films Studio. Her educational focus involves training youth in filmmaking geared toward socially responsible/ compassion-oriented content. For the past five years, her students’ films have been presented annually at the River Oaks Theater. Anita completed basic CIT in June 2018 and is in the process of completing CIT Facilitator I Training.

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Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

CW A Yoga Nidra Compassion Meditation with Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Journey with Rev. Gena Davis

Compassion Week - A Yoga Nidra Compassion Meditation with Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Journey with Rev. Gena Davis

The Asia Society
1370 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004

$20 Suggested Donation


Yoga Nidra, an ancient guided meditation technique originating in India approximately 1,000 BCE, effortlessly quiets the mind and allows the body deep restoration, balance, and improved well-being. In this community event at the close of Compassion Week, Gena Davis will lead a guided Yoga Nidra meditation specifically designed to deepen your compassion for self and others. Gena will also play alchemy crystal bowls to integrate the effects of the meditation and bring your whole self into deeper balance and harmony with a renewed and open heart.

All are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blankets for comfort and an eye pillow if you have one. Chairs will be available for those who wish to sit.

About Rev. Gena Davis

Rev. Gena Davis is an Episcopal priest, crystal bowl sound healer, and certified Yoga Alliance 500-hour yoga educator in Nosara Yoga and Pralaya Yoga, with an advanced certification in the Integrative Method of Amrit Yoga Nidra™. Gena is the founder of YogaMass, an embodied worship experience, and the author ofYogaMass: Embodying Christ Consciousness. Finding herself in the sacraments of her faith tradition while also profoundly on the yoga mat and in meditation, her passion is help others discover their true essence. Find about more about Gena at GenaDavis.org and YogaMass at YogaMass.com.

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Apr
29
to Dec 30

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Compassionate Houston’s Called to Compassionate Action Objectives:

1. To provide and support compassion skills education and practices across our city and the region
2. To provide opportunities for partners and individuals to network, thereby fostering innovative and synergistic solutions toward community needs.
3. To foster initiatives that nurture inter-cultural relationships and understanding.
4. To recognize innovative, compassion-focused individual and group projects and help connect volunteers with service projects.

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Mar
29
11:00 AM11:00

2019 Spring Luncheon

Called to Compassionate Action Compassionate Houston’s Spring Luncheon

Follow this link for more details and to register.

Briar Club
2603 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027


Please join us for Compassionate Houston's Annual Luncheon Fundraiser with Melanie Lawson, anchor and three-time Emmy winning reporter at KTRK ABC 13 News, as our panel moderator. Ms. Lawson will interview three Houston visionaries who, upon seeing a need, were called to compassionate action, and founded nonprofits that make a difference for our city.

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