Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: Delving Deeper.

Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: Delving Deeper.


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"Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: Delving Deeper"
by Felipe Zurita




Growing up as a gay kid in a conservative community, within the generally very conservative society of Chile during the 90s made me develop thoughts and feelings about myself that I don't really wish on anyone. I felt like I was a mistake, that I needed to be healed somehow from this curse because I was an abomination to the world. I developed defense mechanisms to hide my true self. I was scared of people ever referencing anything related to homosexuality close to me. I was still bullied, and due to all these things, I created a persona that overcompensated for being gay by being an overwhelming overachiever. Only sometimes experiencing what living authentically or living joyfully with my true self meant. There was always that little shadow underneath it all.

It wasn't until I was 20 years old, during my mission of all places and times (I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints/Mormon) that I had this moment of clarity where I realized that I was fine the way I was and that there was no part of me that was an abomination to God or the world. It was the beginning of a long journey of healing, which even today, 15 years later, and "living my best life", sometimes, albeit rarely, there are moments when I must remind myself that I'm perfect the way I am.

Healing takes work… time… and so much self-compassion…! Continue reading here



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Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning is an innovative K-12 education program developed by Emory University.

SEE Learning‚ĄĘ provides educators with the tools they need to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.

This introductory program is free and will be followed by a Train-the-trainer program starting in November 2023 and continuing through May 2024.  Participating in this program will lead to a certificate. Session Three: Getting Started with SEE Learning is happening on MARCH 15. Learn more and register for any of the 5 sessions here. 

 Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

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Introduction to Compassionate Listening: Bringing the Light of Compassion to a Conflicted World with Kathleen Coyne, EdD
This 6-week Course begins THIS MONDAY, March 13, 2023

Now, more than ever, our world desperately needs compassion. And we especially need it in our families and communities.  You are invited to join us for a highly interactive, experiential, and inspiring introductory workshop on Compassionate Listening.

Compassionate Listening offers an opportunity to practice radical compassion in our day-to-day lives. Based on the work of the Compassionate Listening Project, compassionate listening is a practice that invites us to listen with an ‚Äėear of the heart‚Äô to those around us, particularly those we may not agree with. In our highly divided world, the possibilities for conflict are ubiquitous and the damage is often personally painful and seemingly irreparable. In many cases, people who are most vulnerable are those who are most impacted.

Community Chats

Community chats are an important tool we use to communicate with Compassionate Cities and Communities, Partners, and anyone else who has signed the Charter and is interested in talking with us based on their region. If you live in the following areas and want to chat with us, sign up!

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Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 am PST / 4:30 pm CET Check other timezones here. Learn more and register here. (You may register to get a recording after the event) 

Founded in 2009, Bounce Forward was incubated in its early years within Hertfordshire County Council and became an independent charity in 2016.

In 2019 we transformed our approach, working intensively with educators, psychologists, academics, and young people to deliver practical, relevant, and flexible solutions.

23 days of Compassion

This year we want the ‚Äú23 Days of Compassion‚ÄĚ to be an experiential inner journey, serving anyone up for the challenge, to become more acquainted with exploring Compassion and what that will bring up for each of us personally. As we experience these 23 days, we will¬†delve deeper¬†into issues that could be addressed and alleviated with Compassion.

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Last Saturday of the month.
Saturday, March 25 at 9 am PST
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Learn more and register here

Charter for Compassion and Orlaith O'Sullivan from Plum Village have partnered to have a monthly Sangha practice following the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is a space to establish your presence in peace, connect with others, and refresh your own heart. 
The format is: guided practices to nourish your mind and spirit, circle sharing together, and deep relaxation.

All are most welcome and no experience is needed!

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Our Compassionate Cities in the state of Texas are issuing a call for donations to support the Uvalde Love Project. All donations go to the project. They are trying to reach and surpass a goal of $5,000.00.  Please help them reach that goal!  Learn more and donate here

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The¬†Community of Mindful Parenting¬†aspires to empower families to become more mindful and compassionate. They are a multigenerational, multicultural, and fully inclusive community that strives to nurture powerful relationships between parents/caregivers and their children. Their¬†Listening Mothers‚ĄĘ¬†and¬†Finding Calm¬†classes explore the relationship between caregiver and child through a lens of self-compassion. Their weekly Communi-Teas are a centering tool for meditation. Learn more here.

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Cultivating Compassion - Virtual Session 3
March 23, 4 pm PST / 10 am (March 24) AEDT
Learn more and register here

You're invited to spend 2023 growing compassion for yourself, your friends, and even those you might describe today as enemies. We'll interrogate our emotions, reasoning, decision-making, and more as we work to join the infinite game of building peace. 


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Upcoming Special Guests:

Thursday, March 16 - Collin Duetta with Xocial for 23 Days of Compassion

Thursday, March 23 - ZaHaVa Sherez, our Global Gala 2022 Featured Artist, talking about her upcoming tour



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