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Jul
25

Big Ideas Have Small Beginnings

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Today I'd like to share with you what can happen when one person zeroes in on a need. In this story, the person is Anjali Sharma, a member of our Compassionate India team. A year ago, Anjali contacted me about a project to help young girls continue their education during, and hopefully beyond, the pandemic. She thought we should join forces with Sa...
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Jul
16

Go With The Groove

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Whether we are in the company of other people or not makes a great difference to the quality of experience. We are biologically programmed to find other human beings the most important objects in the world. Because they can make life either very interesting and fulfilling or utterly miserable, how we manage relationships with them makes an enormous...
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Jul
09

Every Dream Begins with a Dreamer

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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." ~Harriet Tubman The Charter for Compassion has lost some incredible team members this year. Each one of them dreamers, committed to doing something to make this world a more welcomin...
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Jul
08

Remembering Joan Marie, Compassionate Capitol Region (California, USA)

The Charter for Compassion and Compassionate California lost a caring soul of compassion. Joan Marie passed June 22, 2021. She was beloved by countless groups, individuals, and organizations around the world. She leaves a legacy of peacebuilding, beloved community, and compassionate activism. Joan was dedicated to alleviating the suffering of other...
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Jul
02

Crazy Beautiful World

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Today's message is written by Inez Aponte from Crazy Beautiful World (CBW), reminding us that intergenerational collaboration is crucial to our work. We believe CBW is the perfect companion to the Youth Compassion Collaborative (YCC), the Charter's newest youth and youth led initiative fomenting self-compassion and growth opport...
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Jun
26

Compassion in Virtual Spaces

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If you lived on planet Earth this past year, your life probably was affected by COVID-19. Am I right? We, at the Charter for Compassion were not exempt from this of course and thus, had to adapt. How could we share the Charter's mission and its many programs while not going to conferences, meetings with cities, governments and partners, as physical...
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Jun
19

What You Allow Will Continue

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What you allow will continue.~Katherine Fugate Today, I appeared on a podcast sponsored by Voices for a Nuclear Free World, and was asked about the issue of nuclear weapons, their proliferation and what we--as global citizens, can do to end this madness and eliminate the 3720 deployed warheads, and 9680 stored and reserved warheads, housed by 9 cou...
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Jun
13

What Changes

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What Changes My father's hopes travel with meyears after he died. Somedaywe will learn how to live. All of ussurviving without violencenever stop dreaming how to cure it.What changes? Crossing a small streetin Doha Souk, nut shops shuttered,a handkerchief lies crumpled in the street,maroon and white, like one my father had,from Jordan. Perfectly pl...
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Jun
06

Compassion in PRIDE

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June is PRIDE month, and it is a reminder that it as a compassionate people we give our voices to stop the global violence and expressions of inequality, torture and even executions towards people because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Today's message is written by Felipe Zurita reminding us that stories are the best lessons for ...
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Jun
01

Gracias a La Vida / Thanks to Life

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Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tantoMe dio dos luceros que cuando los abroPerfecto distingo, lo negro del blancoY en el alto cielo su fondo estrelladoY en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo Thanks to life, which has given me so much.It gave me two stars, which when I open them,Perfectly distinguish black from whiteAnd in the tall sky its starry...
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May
25

Hope Lies in the Power of Love

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We must not only control the weapons that can kill us, but we must also bridge the great disparities of wealth and opportunity among the peoples of the world, the vast majority of whom live in poverty without hope, opportunity, or choices in life. These conditions are a breeding ground for division that can cause a desperate people to resort to nuc...
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May
17

When Will it Ever Stop?

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I come from there and I have memories  Born as mortals are, I have a mother  And a house with many windows,  I have brothers, friends,  And a prison cell with a cold window.  Mine is the wave, snatched by seagulls,  I have my own view,  And an extra blade of grass.  Min...
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May
09

A Letter from India

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Given the subject line of this newsletter, I could have easily put up a picture of what is happening in India with the exhausting figures of Covid deaths each day. I couldn't bear to do that. Instead, I selected this sublime picture by British artist, Phil Greenwood. It offers a sense of calmness, some relief, a hint of lightness, and through the a...
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May
06

The Reimagine Your Family Podcast Launches May 15th by Trace Hobson

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Why do some families have conversations with each other that really matter, while other families have trouble talking without fighting, arguing, or experiencing distance?  Why do some families meet together and feel close, supported, and accepted unconditionally, while other families struggle to find the time, or they feel like they have to fa...
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May
02

Disarm! Disarm! A Mother's Peace Day

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The Director's Note is written today by Donna Mills, co-coordinator of the Charter for Compassion's Women and Girls Sector. She and her co-lead, Sara Jamil, have been involved in extensive conversations to expand their work to embrace Gender Partnerships. You'll be learning more about this newly titled sector soon. Below Donna addressed the origins...
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Apr
28

Volunteers Welcome

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No one has ever become poor by giving. ~Anne Frank Cristina Gonzalez, Chair of the Charter for Compassion's Board of Trustees, and I were on a webinar last week with one of our Charter partners, Peaceful Tomorrows. Some of you may recall this group as the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. It was formed when a small group of family mem...
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Apr
22

Earth Day 2021

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It's official, Earth Day is April 22. Having one day to symbolize cleaning up the rubbish in our parks, roadways, and beaches, and planting trees and pulling out evasive plants to help native plants flourish is a bit silly. Don't get me wrong, it is wonderful to see all this concern and activity for one day, but isn't this something we should be do...
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Apr
14

I'm Taking a Chance

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I think I'm going to do something crazy here. We've been working on a script that we will be using in a video about the Charter for Compassion. We've been tweeting words, removing sentences and even whole paragraphs. I think we've been to the "drawing table" four times and changed focus a few times. Below is our latest version. The video is to help...
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Apr
12

Hello!

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Let your spiritual nature illuminate and brighten each day. Pay attention! Brushing over details can create gray and stagnant areas. This observation was listed as a monthly theme on the Findhorn website. Located in Scotland, Findhorn, an eco-village of liked minded people, has for a long time been a bucket list item for many folks around the ...
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