Terry Ayling is a creative director, Spirited Communities p/l and Coordinator of the Gold Coast Health Spiritual Care Department in Queensland, Australia.
My inspiration for this adventure has been a vision to 'grow spirited communities of spirited people', creating spaces & places where all people can experience welcome, hospitality & an authentic, life-giving engagement in community.
Dr Petrina Barson is a general practitioner, a certified teacher of Stanford CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training program, and is involved in research into compassion.
There is an urgent need to understand the conditions which promote, or threaten, compassion. In a globalised world where the tendency of the human brain to react with violence and narrowly-defined self-interest can lead to great suffering and harm, we need diverse and creative ways of promoting empathy, awareness of our shared humanity, and kind-heartedness.
Em Prof Bob Douglas is a Director of Australia21 and a retired epidemiologist. He sees the Charter for compassion as a profoundly important development and co-wrote an article in The Conversation about it with Lynne Reeder.
I firmly endorse the closing words of the charter “Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity”. It is the path to enlightenment and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
Kellie Edwards is a psychologist, mindfulness teacher and creator of the online program mindfulness4mothers.com. She facilitates individual and group mindfulness and compassion based programs online in her home city of Melbourne
Becoming a mother opened my heart in a raw and unexpected way. It has grown in me a deeper understanding of compassion as a strong and caring connection that ties us all together, that brings to the fore our innate basic goodness, has the potential to heal our pain and makes it clear that to nurture each other is the path to peace within ourselves, our families and our precious, beautiful world. Compassion invites us to take responsibility for how we are in the world, taking a larger view than only our own personal needs and wants.
David Laczko is a Family Relationship Advisor at Relationships Australia, and a volunteer at West End Community House. He completed his honours thesis in self-compassion in 2015.
I think that there is nothing more important than compassion: Self-compassion can be the key to a happy inner life, compassion to others can lead to fulfilling relations with those around you, and compassionate action can create positive change in the world around us.
Debbie Ling is a social worker, meditation and mindfulness teacher and PhD candidate researching compassion.
Compassion is one of the great virtues and an essential component of any flourishing society. It has been admirably demonstrated by some of the most famous figures of our times-Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Mandela, Desmond Tutu. Anything we can do to promote and cultivate compassion is worthwhile.
Dr Lynne Reeder is a Director of Australia21, trained as a meditation teacher with Deepak Chopra and is currently researching in compassion and empathy within policy making settings.
In our global world developing compassion as a motivation is becoming more important – research now shows that compassion meditation can be beneficial in promoting more harmonious relationships.
Dr David Roland is a writer, speaker, filmmaker and musician with a PhD in clinical psychology. He is one of the founders of Compassionate Mind Australia and is an Honorary Associate with the School of Medicine, University of Sydney.
Our modern society often overlooks the quiet, soothing power of compassion, and yet, our capacity for it is wired into our biology, as mammals, and most especially, as human beings.
Dr Stan Steindl is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd and also Adjunct Associate Professor at School of Psychology, University of Queensland. He co-founded The Compassion Initiative.
Imagine a more compassionate world, one where we are kind to one another no matter what our differences might be, where we reach out to those in need and help to relieve their suffering, and where we can even treat ourselves with that same love and compassion. That is our vision, our intention.