It Could Start with a Sandwich

It Could Start with a Sandwich


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"It Could Start with a Sandwich"
by Marilyn Turkovich



Welcome to 2023! Here at the Charter for Compassion, we are putting compassion into action, and we want to challenge you to do the same. Back in 2011, NPR's (National Public Radio in the USA) Neal Conan interviewed the Charter for Compassion's founder, Karen Armstrong. Six minutes into their chat, he had an epiphany. "This all seems a little harder than sharing your sandwich at lunch," he said. Karen agreed. "It requires a constant effort of imagination."

But it could start with a sandwich.

We know that there are millions of people in the world who are prepared to engage with others now to co-create the world that our hearts desire. And there is a great need for everybody's engagement. If we're going to achieve a world governed by GoldenRuleism, it's going to take a lot of us doing little things each and every day. It's time to build our muscles for bigger, better, and best compassionate practices. Share a sandwich or a smile as a starter. Perhaps move on to being friendly to a lonely neighbor, bringing a book to a little library so another can enjoy it, or practicing good listening. What about engaging a group of friends to form a compassionate community?

Starting this weekend, we begin a 40-Days of Peace Campaign in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is a time for us to celebrate the extraordinary grassroots, national and global challenges that MLK charged us to follow. It is also a time for us to refresh our convictions to be a peaceful people, creating a peaceful world. Check out what is happening at the Charter over the upcoming days. Bring along a friend and a sandwich, virtual or real, to share as you participate in one of the offerings. Prove that one person can make a difference! And tell the world that compassion is a movement. After all, we are most definitely interconnected, and we work best when we work together. 

With warm regards,

Marilyn Turkovich



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Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

 Charter Education Institute

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How to become an Activist for our World and How to Maintain it! with Ellen Serfaty
This 6-week Course begins January 16

This is our second year of offering this course, and we welcome new participants to learn about the Work That Reconnects and other amazing resources and organizations that support our activism.  We look forward to new participants joining our community of previous participants to build an even stronger support network. Music, meditations, song, poetry, and more will feature often to enhance our work together.

Our February 8 Global Read: "Active Hope" with Chris Johnstone (written by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone) will be part of this course.  Scholarships Available!


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Dealing with Anxiety with Rick Hanson, PhD
This 5-week Course begins February 13

Anxiety, fear, and worry are normal reactions, but they don’t have to be your constant companions. 

Through this course, Dr Rick Hanson, New York Times’ bestselling author and psychologist, will take you through powerful practices for managing stress and worries.  You will let go of anxiety and grow a greater sense of calm, strength, and being protected and supported by other people and more able to deal with threatening situations around you.


Global Read

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Making Great Relationships by Rick Hanson, PhD
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 9 am PDT / 6.00 pm CET Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson, PhD, brings his trademark warmth and clarity to Making Great Relationships, a comprehensive guide to fostering healthy, effective, and fulfilling relationships of all kinds: at home and at work, with family and friends, and with people who are challenging. As a psychologist, couples and family counselor, husband, and father, Dr. Hanson has learned what makes relationships go badly and what you can do to make them go better.

This book will teach you how to relate better than ever with everyone in your life.



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Project Fuel with Aakansha Kedia and Ayushi Jaiswal
Thursday, January 14, 2023, at 7.30 am PDT / 4.30 pm CET Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

Project FUEL, founded in 2009 by Deepak Ramola, collects life lessons from people all over the world and turns them into interactive and performance activities, to pass on the learnings. The passing on happens by way of workshops, seminars, and sometimes even over coffee. A life lesson that comes to us from another human being can shine light on the understanding of our own life. Hence the name FUEL, which stands for Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson. 

 On the Blog

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Compassionate York Region is Happy About their Happy to Chat Bench - Click/Tap here to read more

It is just an ordinary bench that has on it a plaque that, along with graphics of 2 people talking on a bench, there is the text "Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello.", located on the main street in downtown Richmond Hill, Ontario. By sitting on a Happy to Chat bench, people will know that you're open to a friendly talk.

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 "Don't Curse the Darkness-- Send Light! by Barbara Kauffman - Click/Tap here to read more
The Charter will send a solar lantern on your behalf to a Ukrainian family living in the dark. So many of us have had to watch the slaughter taking place in Ukraine, and we are angry!

We ache for a cease-fire and a return to sanity!
What human beings have apparently not caught on to is that war is obsolete!


February Global Read:
Active Hope by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9 am PST / 6 pm CET / 10.30 pm IST


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Parent CARE Class Live & Online: Caring for ourselves as we care for our loved ones and each other.
Monday, Jan. 23, 9 am Pacific Time / 6 pm CET Check other timezones here

Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed as a parent, grandparent, or caregiver? Are you struggling to know how to help yourself and your loved ones flourish in these anxiety-filled times? Do you wish you had more tools to navigate your own emotions and connect with your loved ones in a healthier, more mindful way? Our 9-week well-being course called Parent CARE is here to help! (Live/Online) Click/Tap here to learn more

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Start the New Year with InterSpiritual Meditation with Spiritual Paths Institute
The 7-Step Mindfulness Practice
8-Week Course via Zoom
January 18 to March 8, 4 pm Pacific / 11 am AEDT (March 9)
(20 CE Credits Offered through Antioch University)

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