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How to Bring Balance and Compassion to Life

Starts: This course starts 2/5/18.

Registration: -- Regular Price $99.00 Now only $10! Help the Charter Education Institute Celebrate their 2nd Year Anniversary with the Charter for Compassion.


Join Us on a Path to a More Compassionate World

One day as I was preparing to go home from work, I reached for my jacket, like I had done countless times before, when it struck me: I didn’t have what it took to keep doing this again and again and again.

I was tired and I was growing ineffective and discouraged. I looked around me and everyone looked like they felt the same way.

I worked with a team of deeply caring and truly diligent people whose purpose it was to bring economic dignity to others but we were all spent and there was no relief in sight. We weren’t in the position to make major life changes and we didn’t have the energy to implement big solutions.

It became apparent to me that most of us only have the wherewithal for little changes. So I set out to discover what minor shifts could deliver major relief. I searched for the fuel that would energize and empower people everywhere to bring their compassion into the world.


How to Bring Balance and Compassion to Life

What I discovered was that life is richer and more productive when it is in balance and includes self-compassion. Simply put, we can give more to others when we have more to give!

The intention of this course is to help you realize that self-compassion and balance can generate the energy and space you need to contribute your distinctive talents and compassionate action into the world.

As a counselor and a trainer, I have seen that everyone has something precious to contribute to humanity; and every precious piece is needed. But life is demanding and many of us are woefully depleted.

This course proposes that minor shifts can create major change. And these minor shifts can be implemented immediately. Imagine making shifts such as:

  • Accepting yourself a little more and rejecting yourself a little less. 
  • Increasing your gratitude and decreasing your expectations.
  • Releasing some things and opening-up to others.


This course also acknowledges that you are a multi-dimensional being. You have a body, a spirit, and a mind. Balance requires honoring and attending to the needs of allyour dimensions.

This course is a blend of lessons from Positive and Existential Psychology and those of the masters of the art of living. To remind you of the source of this wisdom, I sprinkle their encouragement throughout the lessons.


Start Date: February 5, 2018

Duration: 4 weeks. Course content is available through 3/31/2017

Tuition: $10! Our special gift to you to help us celebrate the Charter Education Institute second year anniversary

Registration Opens: January 12, 2018


The course includes text, photos, videos, and written exercises and reflections.  You can learn at your own place and pace and within a comfortable time frame, typically 60 to 90 minutes a week for four weeks. 


Does this describe you?

You want to do something that improves the lives of others but you find yourself consistently feeling any combination of too tired, too frustrated, or too powerless to do so.


We Invite You

You are invited to join a community of like-minded people in the Compassion Education Institute’s online course How to Bring Balance and Compassion to Life. 

Bring more compassion and kindness into the world by first learning how to bring them to yourself!


How to Bring Balance and Compassion to Life – Includes:

  • Access to content, activities, and downloadable exercises in 4 online lessons.
  • Interactive emails with instructor and peers throughout the course.
  • Practical, easy-to-implement techniques you can begin using today.


*If you are enthusiastic about this course but cannot pay the tuition due to a financial hardship, you can ask for a scholarship. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis; priority will be given to those residing in developing countries.


How Does This Course Work?

  • The 4 lessons of “How to Bring Balance and Compassion to Life” are completely online—with easily downloadable exercises and reflections.
  • You can access a new lesson each week from anywhere and at any time as long as you have an internet connection.
  • You work through each lesson at your own pace during the week, adding comments and questions.
  • This is a self-paced course, so if you get behind, you can catch up at any time and review past lessons at your convenience. Content remains available through March 31, 2018.
  • As your guide, Jill will read your comments and add her own or perhaps ask you questions to provoke further thought.
  • Send questions to Nancy by email.


Objectives and Course Topics

This course doesn’t merely offer a laundry list of techniques. Instead it provides convincing evidence for the fact that balance and self-compassion are essential components of compassionate lives. Participants are encouraged to fuel themselves so that they, in turn, can bring their compassion and talents into the world. They receive practical, do-able, and effective methods to attend to their bodies, spirits, and minds.

Remember, you can give more to others when you have more to give. Compassionate action requires self-compassion. In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Be more attentive to the needs of your body by recognizing your signals and respecting your limits.
  • Recognize and accept emotions, be more present, and let yourself be who you are.
  • Change the way you talk to yourself. This is a no-cost and potent tweak you can make today.
  • Keep shifting your balance, as needed, to create the energy you need.


Course Curriculum 

Week One: Introduction and Overview

  • Welcome to this Course and to Ruzuku
  • You Need
  • You Face Challenges
  • The Good News
  • The Even-Better News


Embody Your Body

  • Introduction
  • Get to Know Your Signals
  • Your Body's Balance Beam
  • Know and Respect Your Limits
  • Laugh, Play, Breathe!
  • Quick TIPs
  • Release
  • One Crystal Clear Idea


Week Two: Emit Your Spirit

  • Introduction
  • Welcome All Your Messengers
  • Even Welcome Loneliness
  • Enjoy THIS Moment
  • Dance Your Dance
  • Explore Contradictions
  • Quick TIPs
  • Release
  • One Crystal Clear Idea


Week Three: Empower Your Mind

  • Introduction
  • Empower Your Mind with Kind Words
  • Suspend Your Judgment
  • Reframe Your Thoughts
  • Re-Brand it
  • Re-Mind it
  • Re-View it
  • Quick TIPs
  • Release
  • One Crystal Clear Idea


Week Four: Embrace Your Balance

  • Introduction
  • Accord with Your Seasons
  • Giving and Receiving
  • Redefine "OK"
  • Another Elephant in the Room
  • Find Your Keys
  • Keep Practicing!
  • One Last TIP
  • Release
  • One Crystal Clear Idea
  • Final Thoughts


Course Facilitator: Jill Hammonds

Jill has kindly offered her time and energy to facilitate this course with her experience and talents to help spread the message of self-compassion to others.  We are so appreciative of her generosity and her joining the faculty of CEI.  

Jill will be your host through this course. She will welcome you and may provide comments or clarifications along the way. I love working with Jill. She is a truth-seeker and truth-teller who embodies a gentle spirit and a kind heart. She is also a highly skilled Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.


Course Author: Debra Dane Scholten

Debra is the creator of this course and believes in spreading compassion far and wide and has kindly gifted her curriculum to CEI to support our work in sharing compassion with others.  We are very appreciative of her generosity.

As a writer, trainer, career counselor, and rehabilitation counselor, Debra seeks to encourage people to live the lives that they envision for themselves. She currently empowers personal growth and professional development as a course developer. She expands her knowledge of the art of living by supplementing her two Masters degrees in Counseling with the study of Taoism, Buddhism, and Yoga.  Debra is the author of Flow Forward: Find Your Way, Grow Resilient, and Enjoy Your Life. See for more information.



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