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Circles of Compassion

November 21, 2012

It was a delight to keynote the Cities of Compassion gathering of more than 130 souls in the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre and to share thoughts about “The Soul of Compassion” as well as to participate in it as a fundraiser for Oceanside Hospice.

I referred to a concept of the circles of compassion moving out as the ripple effect of our lives. There are 3 primary circles. We all need to begin with self-care and nurturing our inner life (our most intimate relationship), care for our family, create a circle of friends, and act with compassion within our community and the world.

Circles of Compassion

As Jack Kornfield says, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” The gathering, arranged by my friend and colleague, The Reverend Andrew Twiddy of St. Anne’s St. Edmunds Anglican parish, included Mayor Chris Burger and Carrie Powell-Davidson, Councilwoman from Parksville, Joe Stanhope, Chairperson for the Regional District of Nanaimo who introduced me, and Anglican Bishop, Andrew Hutchison and his wife, Lois, Marcel Kors and Olivia McIvor of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network, Lynn Wood, Executive Director of Oceanside Hospice, members of diverse faith communities including the Baha’i community, and Mark Desvaux, founder of 4000 Saturdays. See www.4000Saturdays.com for lots of ways to practice compassion.

Parksville is the first city on Vancouver Island to sign the Charter for Compassion with a commitment to creating a culture of compassion in their town. I promised the crowd I would post the two videos that relate to this global movement. They only take a few minutes to watch. You won’t regret it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxO-6SaNMvg (3 minutes, narrated by Rainn Wilson)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wktlwCPDd94 (2 minutes)

Compassion


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