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.
Mark Crosweller is the Director General of Emergency Management Australia, the Australian Government’s lead agency for disaster and emergency management. He is currently completing a PhD on compassion at the University of Western Australia.
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.
Louise Murphy is the Principal Nurse Educator (Mental Health Services) for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. With over 30 years as a Registered Nurse, Louise has worked in a variety of Senior Leadership positions including a Drug and Alcohol Nurse Practitioner, Educator and University Lecturer. Louise is also a St John Ambulance Volunteer and has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by cultivating compassion and compassionate practices.
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 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.