The Sweetness of Surprise and Snow

The Sweetness of Surprise and Snow
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from guest author Lynn de vree

Isn't it wonderful when we are surprised in a good way. Our office manager, editor, translator, and jack-of-many trades, Lynn de Vree, shares with us the joys of two gifts, one of nature and one of kindness. A native of the Netherlands, Lynn is used to cold weather, snow, and ice, but not the mountainous topography of the Pacific Northwest. Shoveling snow is one thing, but a long and steep, driveway significantly adds to the challenge. The joy of giving, receiving and completing the circle ... something else.
With warm regards,

Since 2020, I live in a rural area in the Pacific Northwest, and pretty as it is any time of the year, it is especially stunning in snow. Tricky is the fact that it is also hilly and, when I was taken by surprise by the snow, I realized that a snow shovel is an essential item that alas was not among our many tools. Considering that it might melt before it became an issue, and there wasn’t much I could do as the roads were impassable anyway, I let it be.

The snow, and the slowing down of life that it usually causes, brought up ...

A big thank you to our sponsor, Buddhist Boot Camp! Timber Hawkeye is the bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless. His books offer a secular and non-sectarian approach to being at peace in the world.


Charter for Compassion releases classifieds seeking volunteers! Click here to view all the positions.




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How to realize the power of vulnerability and open your heart to joy

Rather than a weakness, vulnerability is a source of strength and courage but all too often we hesitate to embrace it. We turn away from uncomfortable feelings and armour ourselves against disappointment, joy and trust. In fact, it is this armour that causes us harm, that blocks our creativity and ability to show love. However, when we explore our vulnerability and come to understand its potential, we can learn to stand firm in the face of whatever life brings.

These winter pansies are buffeted by the wind and rain and yet they stand beautiful and courageous against the backdrop of the city street. They are a perfect symbol of the power of vulnerability‚ÄĒstrong yet tender, exposed yet invincible.

Starts February 22,  Cost: $50

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The Charter for Compassion 2022 Film Series, in partnership with Films for the Planet, is delighted to introduce you to relevant feature-length films we are sure you will enjoy. This month's selection is "Free Trip to Egypt." Read more about the film and register to see it starting February 16-23. Please make certain to see the film during those dates. Upon registration you will receive a link to access the film through Films for the Planet. 

February 16-23



Next month's Global Read! Through seventeen books, the Maisie Dobbs series has had a resounding impact on fans. Readers have shared with author Jacqueline Winspear how Maisie‚Äôs stories have resonated with them or helped them through difficult times. Fans have been inspired by the heroine‚Äôs resilience and endurance, repurposing her strength in their own lives in a way perhaps best embodied by the phrase ‚ÄúWhat Would Maisie Do?‚ÄĚ

Anchored by thirty of Maisie's most timeless quotes, coupled with Jacqueline Winspear’s inspiration for each nugget of wisdom, these reflections offer readers additional insight into the world of Maisie Dobbs and invite them to reflect on favorite moments and memories.

March 16, Donation or Free
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Martin Luther King - 40 Days of Peace Campaign

Please visit the Charter for Compassion website to see the variety of programs and events we are sponsoring until the end of February in honor of Martin Luther King. There are links to three Spotify playlists designed to commemorate "The Black Experience," "Songs of the Civil Rights Movement," and "Still We Sing," an international compilation of songs of struggle. Of special note are two events in which you will want to participate:


Healing the Fractures that Divide Us

With Kosha Anja Joubert, CEO, Pocket Project

How can we bring our compassion to the most painful events of our lives, and the lives of our ancestors and all those who went before us?
How can we develop trauma-informed awareness and strengthen our sources of resilience and sensitivity?
As leaders, within and without, we aim to build the future of our families, teams, communities and organizations on solid, and not fragmented, foundations. We can all become part of a movement that heals the fractures that divide us. 

February 17, 20:00 CET 11 am PT  Register here


why Martin?     

Why Martin? will be a two-part interactive series led by Matt Hayes. He will help attendees learn why Martin Luther King Jr. stood apart, and how he set the standard for compassionate leadership. During these conversations, Matt will pull practices from the life of Martin Luther King Jr. that will teach us how to create long-lasting change, the importance of our own personal beliefs, and how to live a life with meaning and integrity. Please join these informative and transformative conversations with Matt and others who are passionate about compassionate leadership.

February 19 and 26, 9 am PST Register here


"lessons from my 7 and half years, often 24/7, work with dr. martin luther king, jr"

Keynote: Clarence Jones
Moderator: Jonathan Granoff
Respondents: Rt. Rev. Bill Swing and Audrey Kitagawa

Clarence Jones was Dr. Martin Luther King's advisor, lawyer, close friend, and speech writer. His keynote presentation will be unique, insightful and substantive. There are few people who were as much engaged in the thinking and advocacy of one of the most influential moral and political leaders of modern times. His engagement in the historic events led by Dr. King is inspiring. The United Religions Initiative, Voices for a Nuclear Free World and the Global Security Institute are co-sponsors of this event.

February 22, 9-10:30 am PST
Register here Limited space available


Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and founder of Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world. ...These experiences were part of what compelled him to forge a new understanding of war, peace, rage, trauma, and our shared humanity

February 23, 2 pm PST
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A Contribution to the Healing of Collective Trauma of Colonialism, Racism and Enslavement: Exploring White Privilege & Shades of Whiteness

with Thomas H√ľbl

In this session, Thomas H√ľbl will invite us all, but especially white-bodied participants, on a journey to explore white privilege and acknowledge the experience of black-bodied and indigenous participants and Peoples of Colour.
Expanding our awareness of white privilege and how the concept of race has been and is used to shape our world is crucial for our path towards preventing racism, healing racism and creating a more just world. Learn more and register for this event by renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science.


February 24, 11:30 am  PST Register here


TERRA Discussion: Symbiotic Earth

How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution

The Environment Sector cordially invites our partners and all interested others to join in our bi-monthly film and book discussion series. During these one-hour, international conversations, we will focus on the themes in the featured media with special emphasis on compassionate action. Participants are welcome to read or view the chosen film or publication in advance but this is not required for attendance.

February 23, 8 am PT, Donation or Free


Partner Offering--A Co-sponsored Charter for Compassion Event

Invitation to the Islands of Calm Meditation for Compassionate Cities
Around the world, media publish stories about turbulence, despair, anger, and fear centered in our cities. What if we could create conditions where anyone could experience in themselves an Island of Calm? What if that Island of Calm could impact up to 1000 other people to experience calm in their life conditions at home, at work or at play?‚Äč

Integral City Meshworks is offering a Zoom Islands of Calm Meditation for Compassionate Cities once a month on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Marilyn Hamilton, Founder of Integral City Meshworks, has been leading a Zoom Islands of Calm meditation on Saturday mornings at Findhorn EcoCommunity in Scotland since 2020. The Charter for Compassion is honored to co-sponsor this event. 
Learn how you can become one of the 1000 people to experience calm and change the conditions in which we live. Islands of Calm.



Compassion in Leadership - The Business Case for Compassion

Join us for this panel discussion where you will hear three senior business leaders from across Australia share their experience and perspectives on the importance of compassion in business, leadership and an organisational context. During this conversation our panelists will share their individual perspectives on compassion and how it's been applied, leveraged and shared to influence their leadership and outcomes.

Interviewer: Gwen Pinnington, Australia Compassion Council

Panelists: Craig Harding - Director of Marketing, CorComms; Rebecca Bennett  - General Manager, Transformation & Portfolio Delivery, Data Action; Clinton Goodwin - Chief Operating Officer, Fujitsu General

 February 17, 1:30 pm PT
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Conversation Collective is now offering an ongoing series focused on examining grief. Through mindfulness and breath practices, journaling, one-on-one conversation, and group check-in, we will gently explore the dimensions of grief. Sessions will incorporate very subtle movement and breathing. Please join us for these weekly gatherings if you desire meaningful conversation about grief, loss, and life.

Disclaimer: This series is not therapy. The facilitators have no special degrees in grief counseling. Our hope is to hold space for community to bring some wonder to the topic of grief and death ‚Äď an experience that unites us as humans and from which there is so much wisdom and learning to gain. For questions contact

Mondays at 3:00 pm PT






Consider a volunteer opportunity with the Charter for Compassion! We are looking to grow much of what we are already doing and exploring new opportunities that match our mission. Let's see if we're a good fit! Please take our survey.


Go to our TAKE ACTION page to find a variety of ways in which to interact with the Charter and some of our key strategic partners. The Charter for Compassion is essentially a movement with many different players; individuals, compassionate cities, partner organizations and coalitions of other organizations all coming together as one network. 

As a non-profit, the Charter relies on the generosity of its members and communities to continue to meet our mission of making compassion a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world. Help us share our vision and work with your family, colleagues, neighbors, and organizations in which you are involved.  Host a Charter Salon with friends and family, at home, with your faith community, or colleagues from work. We have everything you need: invitations, links to films, brochures, PowerPoints if you prefer, and even talking points.
Contact Us and we’ll get back to you, follow up with an e-mail, call or Zoom meeting. We rely on people who believe in our mission to help touch the lives of those in local communities and across the world.



The Charter for Compassion has a bold, audacious vision of co-creating a world that works for everyone. Please support the Charter with a monthly contribution that helps to build this global compassionate community - person by person, school by school, and city by city. Thank you!
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