Compassion is Fundamental
This is my site Posted on | March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

What if you could strengthen your immune system, de-activate the toxic chemical cocktail that is released EVERY TIME you feel stress, activate your relaxation response, relieve pain, overcome depression and anxiety, live 5-10 years longer than most people and have great spiritual and social health habits…all without a pill, going on a diet, or going to the gym? Well you can if you follow the words of almost every spiritual and religious leader that has ever walked planet Earth…follow the Golden Rule and have a healthy dose of compassion for yourself and others every day. Compassion is good for your health and science validates it! His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said, “If you want others to be happy, show compassion; if you want to be happy, show compassion.” Study after study shows that when we show compassion for others we reap more benefits than the receiver. When we lift up another we lift ourselves up. When you effect change on a global level you change the health of the individual too.

Join me this week as I talk to one of the most effective and compassionate change agents in the world today. Jon Ramer is the Executive Director of the Compassionate Action Network, and the Co-Founder of the Interra Project, which has a mission to empower citizen consumers by aligning our deepest human values with our daily economic activities. I have served with Jon in the interfaith world in various capacities and it has always been a pleasure. Jon is also an accomplished musician and has studied and taught music theory and compositions for twenty five years, has authored over 100 musical compositions and performs regularly in the Seattle area, including at my wedding!

In 2008, the City of Seattle welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and other luminaries to an event called Seeds of Compassion. The purpose of the five-day gathering was to nurture kindness and compassion in children and all those who touch their lives. One outcome of the event is the Compassionate Action Network (CAN) that makes it easier for you to make a difference.

The vision of the CAN is to be a network of self-organizing groups who share a common vision for a compassionate world. Its mission is to build a global network for self-organizing groups to connect, collaborate, and take action to awaken compassion in our children, ourselves, and our world. Just this year CAN launched the 10 Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities of which Seattle is an active member. It couldn’t be easier to get involved in compassionate works. CAN offers “basic training” sessions online to show new members how to maximize their website experience. If you would like a lesson, please contact Jon Ramer at j.ramer(at)

To support all of the above work, CAN aligns with Native American and First Nations’ principles that state “Starting From Within, Working in a Circle, in a Sacred Manner, We Heal and Develop Ourselves, Our Relationships, and the World.” For more information, please read “The Fourth Way: Guiding Principles for Building a Sustainable and Harmonious World” by Phil Lane, Jr.

Save the date for April 24- Compassionate Seattle: It’s Up to Us! Go to the website and see how you can get involved. Follow this link to buy your tickets now:

Tickets are $10-35

Tune in Wednesday at 1pm and find out how to join the people who are raising consciousness in the world and how you can get involved.

To your health!

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