There’s so much beauty around us and in us… the miracle of the human body, the symphony of sounds around, the eye that seeks aesthetic beauty, the joy of making meaning and the way the imagination leaps, and the heartfelt love of grace and growth and goodwill between beings. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “The miracle … Continue reading A sacred sensuality
I received a teaching today from the woodland herself, about beauty and death. These unusual arrivals washed up on the shoreline of my day, borne on waves of listening. The privilege of finding a pearl… Continue reading Knowing ourselves, in beauty and death
“Dadirri” means “deep listening” in one of the Aboriginal languages from the Northern Territories. Practising dadirri you go into nature and listen deeply, to the land and to oneself, patiently and with quiet, still awareness. Continue reading Dadirri, deep listening, a poem
Back pain is a big deal. An estimated 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point1, and in Australia, 1 in 6 people have chronic back pain.2
Self-compassion can help.
Six months ago, I couldn’t walk.
I was stuck in bed with acute lower back pain. Even standing in the kitchen to make tea was too painful. I’d somehow triggered an old condition of sciatica that gradually got worse and worse.
This condition had previously flared up from time to time, but nothing so dramatic for years. This time however, my approach was more accepting, less resistant. I “surrendered” into the experience.
“Well, if that’s what my body is saying right now, I better listen!”Continue reading “Self-compassion and back pain”
Now for the good news!
Happier, healthier workplaces are more productive and innovative, and mindfulness and compassion-based training can help.
This isn’t just some unorthodox, fringe movement. Google, Tata and Nordstrom have all joined the so-called Conscious Capitalist movement and used business trainings like Project Oxygen to leverage the benefits of compassion for the good of their organisation and their employees.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner told audiences at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference that he is on a personal mission to “expand the world’s collective wisdom and compassion,” and that he has made the practice of compassionate management a core value at the company.
Wouldn’t we all like a nicer, kinder working environment?
Here are the top five workplace benefits of compassion training: