J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-06-2018

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Source: http://www.lapmanginternet.info/search-epub/86570-compassionate-capitalism…

It’s Possible to Make Money and Do Good

Compassionate capitalists understand the importance of empowering the people they work with, the resulting social impact of those people and the impact that empowering their team can have on others. Compassionate capitalists are grateful and empathetic, and they have accountability for whatever happens in their life and in their business. Equally important, they’re able to utilize the principles and ideals that inspire them, and aid them in inspiring others to inspire others. In addition to these characteristics, all compassionate capitalists share four major commonalities. Compassionate capitalists not only believe in abundance, they carry the abiding energy of abundance and live in a world of more than enough. 

Being in service also sets compassionate capitalists apart. Compassionate capitalists also understand that you cannot give what you don’t have. The universe doesn’t know the size of your gift; it just knows the size of your commitment, or the amount of times that you give to or serve others. If an eagle sees another bird flying solo at a high altitude, it knows the bird must be a fellow eagle, because pigeons limit themselves to the heights they can reach when flying with other pigeons. People who go the extra mile set themselves apart from the crowd, which helps them to attract the right people, the right projects and to lead a more abundant life – one of more than enough for all involved. 

Compassionate capitalists are driven to create abundance for themselves and others, and they go the extra mile to do it, even when they experience some resistance. They in kind will empower others, creating a chain reaction or domino effect of compassionate capitalism. 

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”other”,”capitalist”]
Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318100

COMPASSIONATE CLIMATE ACTION

As I’ve been doing for eight years now, I once again convened the Young People’s Agriculture section. Again I was reminded of the importance of teaching our young people how to grow food. The title of my presentation is The Most Important Curriculum: Learning to Grow Food in a Changing Climate. The climate change crisis, largely ignored by education systems in North America, is changing everything, but especially our food security. Climate disruption is leading to droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events, negative impacts on yields in all major food-producing regions, crop failures, food shortages, volatile food prices, food riots, famines, conflicts, revolts, and starvation. 

For the last 10,000 years, human beings have evolved into a species dependent on agriculture, and agriculture depends on a stable climate – which is now disappearing. Developing resilience by learning how to grow food, build soil, collect rainwater and generate energy seems to be quickly becoming more important than learning to read, write and do math. I realized then that this person must not understand global warming, carbon feedbacks and climate disruption. The greatest threat isn’t melting Arctic summer sea ice, rising sea levels or even extreme weather events – it’s what is going to happen to agriculture and our food security as these impacts worsen. We can’t grow food overnight, and nor can we learn to grow food overnight. 

As the climate change emergency deepens, today’s children need to learn the skills that will help them create their best possible future. Offering food-growing opportunities is one of the most valuable gifts we will ever give to young people. 

Keywords: [“food”,”Climate”,”grow”]
Source: http://blog.greenhearted.org

Autonomism: Provocative Quotations

It is the one great idea that is indispensable to realizing our full potential as a people. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law, it invites every man to become a law unto himself, it invites anarchy. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man. 

He who denies it is a tyrant, he who does not demand it a coward; he who is indifferent to it is a slave; he who does not desire it is dead. The earth for all the people! That is the demand. Articulated programs are hardly more than a device to garner votes, and candidates adjust their messages to their audiences as public relations tacticians advise. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and reward after death. 

It is on this that those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their hopes: human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate. All progress depends on the unreasonable man. It’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. 

Keywords: [“people”,”man”,”more”]
Source: http://autonomism.com/Autonomism/ProgressiveQuotations.asp

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-05-2018

Europe’s Childless Leaders Sleepwalking Us to Disaster

There have never been so many childless politicians leading Europe as today. In the short term, being childless is a relief since it means no spending for families, no sacrifices and that no one complains about the future consequences. Being a mother or a father means that you have a very real stake in the future of the country you lead. Europe’s most important leaders leave no children behind. Europe’s most important leaders are all childless: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. 

As Europe’s leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. Living for today: Europe’s most important leaders are all childless, among them German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Angela Merkel made the fatal decision to open the doors of Germany to one million and half migrants to stop the demographic winter of her country. Merkel evidently did not care if the massive influx of these migrants would change German society, probably forever. According to a new study published by the Institut national d’études démographiques, a quarter of European women born in the 1970s may remain childless. 

One in nine women born in England and Wales in 1940 were childless at the age of 45, compared to one in five of those born in 1967. Islamic supremacists are busily building a clash of civilizations in Europe’s midst, and they depict their Western host countries collapsing: without population, without values, and abandoning their own culture. No part of the Gatestone website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied or modified, without the prior written consent of Gatestone Institute. 

Keywords: [“Europe”,”leader”,”childless”]
Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10306/childless-europe

In today’s corporate world you are more likely to hear about mindfulness than self-restraint. The search giant has also built a labyrinth for walking meditation. Twitter and Facebook are doing all they can to stay ahead in the mindfulness race. The fashion is not confined to Silicon Valley: the mindfulness movement can be found in every corner of the corporate world. What got the mindfulness wagon rolling was the 1960s counter-culture, which injected a shot of bohemianism into the bloodstream of capitalism: witness the rise of companies such as Virgin, Ben & Jerry’s and Apple, whose co-founder, Steve Jobs, had visited India on a meditation break as a young man, and who often talked about how Zen had influenced the design of his products. 

Mindfulness emphasises that there is more to success than material prosperity. The third is that selling mindfulness has become a business in its own right. A yoga and meditation instructor, and an enthusiastic tweeter, founded Wisdom 2.0, a popular series of mindfulness conferences. Many other business schools are embracing mindfulness. Jeremy Hunter of the Drucker management school at Claremont university teaches it to his students, as does Ben Bryant at Switzerland’s IMD. 

Donde Plowman of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s business school has even tried to quantify the mindfulness of management schools themselves. They might also worry that Aetna, an insurer which wants to sell yoga and other mindfulness techniques as part of its health plans, is sponsoring some of the research that supports them. The biggest problem with mindfulness is that it is becoming part of the self-help movement-and hence part of the disease that it is supposed to cure. 

Keywords: [“mindfulness”,”meditation”,”business”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/business/2013/11/16/the-mindfulness-business

Polyamory as a Rejection of Capitalism – Morgan Lev Edward Holleb

The only choice I make for my partners is whether or not they get to be with me-if I don’t like other choices that they make, I can leave, but I trust them to make the best choices for themselves and to be compassionate, decent people. Within a poly relationship, you have bodily autonomy but so do your partners: you are required to articulate and understand and respect the emotional and physical boundaries within each partnership. Being poly doesn’t mean I need to know about the details about my partners’ other relationships. Further to that-your n.eeds are met primarily by the self, with the support of partners. There is no pressure to be your partners’ Everything. 

The burden of emotional labor falls on multiple partners, if you have them. Being poly means allowing for fluidity not only between partners but within individual relationships which will undoubtedly change over time. Managing the time scarcity means being honest with partners about my availability and the amount of time I can realistically commit to them-it also means scheduling in time for myself. Confront the reality that partners could lose interest, or fall in love with someone else, or leave you for no reason at all whether you’re monogamous or not. Polyamory gives them the freedom to explore themselves and other relationships while they’re with you, and makes it easier to leave if that’s the best course because you all have less invested in the idea of having One Partner Forever. 

I’m poly whether I’m with one partner, ten partners, or no partners. You can practice polyamory while only having one partner by agreeing that neither of you is bound by rules over what you can and can’t do with other consenting adults. 

Keywords: [“partner”,”relationship”,”time”]
Source: http://morganpotts.com/2016/polyamory-as-a-rejection-of-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-04-2018

If We had More Imagination, We could Have Less Capitalism

Because if we live in an interconnected universe, then there’s ultimately not going to be a clear and defined separation between human imagination and planetary or Gaian imagination, and galactic imagination, and the imagination of the cosmos. One of the things that I notice a lot is that most people want to engage their creativity and their imagination on a deeper level than they have been able to up until now. There are very few people that feel fully actualised in terms of their creativity and their imagination. If we’re going to think about how we transition our society into where there’s less ecological destruction, more happiness, if we had more creativity, we could have less consumerism. If we had more imagination, we could have less capitalism. 

There’s a way in which that type of short attention span is anathema to creativity and imagination. We’re losing some of the depth, and some of the quality that comes from intense and prolonged engagement with our creativity and our imagination. Scholarship, at its best, has a lot to do with creativity and imagination. Imagination needs to be able to go in whatever direction it wants to go, and creativity should be loose and free and unstructured. There’s a way to activate creativity and imagination in a very loose and open ended way, and also marshal our creativity and our imaginations in terms of creating ecological sustainability and social justice. 

We’re losing forms of the universe that stimulate our imagination and our creativity, and that we have these soul connections with. There’s no aspect of our lives in which creativity is not essential, and whether that’s social change, politics, economics, technology, the arts, education, medicine – all of these things depend on creativity and imagination. 

Keywords: [“creativity”,”imagination”,”there's”]
Source: https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-07-11/if-we-had-more…

Socialism, Privacy And Charity For The Powerful. Capitalism, Surveillance And Rugged Individualism For The Powerless. – Caitlin Johnstone

You have government secrecy for the powerful and surveillance for the powerless. Julian Assange is currently under siege in the Ecuadorian embassy, deprived of mobility, sunlight and healthcare, and now internet, phone calls and visitors, all because he dared to bring some transparency to the powerful. Instead of defending the single defenseless man who speaks truth to power, mainstream media reporters around the world are spitting on him in near-unanimity because he hurts power’s feelings. We have a situation now where the highest echelons of power are not the wisest among us, but the wiliest. The fourth estate is full of everyday people who at one point presumably believed they were there to bring truth to power, stomping on the silvery head of one who does, while sucking up to the very power that he regularly embarrasses with his leak drops. 

It wasn’t a place where you used your gifts to help the powerful and hurt the vulnerable. To all who work in the media: your selfish obsession with choosing your career over telling the truth when it counts, with choosing not to know rather than to dig and find out something you’d rather not know, with choosing getting along with your mates rather than standing up for what you know is right, that tiny little seemingly innocuous preference you have is what is driving our whole species towards extinction. That’s your copy of the mind virus that is killing us all. You are in a position of power and you are using it to kill us. When you choose to roundly condemn a man for bringing truth to power rather than helping him do so, you are killing us all. 

Every time you suck up to power to get ahead a little, you are killing us all. Do the opposite of John Bolton, who kisses up to power and kicks down at the powerless. 

Keywords: [“power”,”kill”,”powerful”]
Source: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/03/31/socialism-privacy-and…

New Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Favor Socialism Over Capitalism

More Democrats have a favorable view of socialism than those who have a favorable view of capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Of Democrats and those who lean Democrat surveyed, only 47 percent had a favorable view of capitalism, down from 56 percent in 2016. Fifty-seven percent said they viewed socialism favorably, which is within the margin of error from the 58 percent of Democrats who viewed socialism favorably in 2016. By contrast, 71 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of capitalism – a number that is within the margin of error from the 68 percent who viewed it favorably in 2016. Only 16 percent of Republicans said they viewed socialism favorably, which is also within the margin of error from the 13 percent of those who viewed it favorably when Bernie Sanders was on the campaign trail seeking the Democratic nomination for president two years ago. 

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Keywords: [“view”,”percent”,”copyright”]
Source: https://www.worthynews.com/35846-new-gallup-poll-shows-democrats…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-03-2018

Lead with Mercy

Nothing is forcing the person in power to show mercy to the person subject to his power. The world of business is not about salvation it’s about the bottom-line and soft, intangible words like mercy, compassion, patience, and forgiveness don’t really have a logical place in business. In a 24/7 global business cycle, leaders don’t have time for forgiveness – they are being held accountable for results, not compassion, by boards, customers, investors, and other stakeholders. I’m confident there is a compelling case for mercy in the world of business and especially amongst the leaders of business. It is especially compelling for leaders because we set the tone for culture and behavior in our organizations. 

The case for leading with mercy is made even more compelling when you consider the common traits or characteristics often found in successful leaders. These characteristics do not guarantee successful leadership nor are they found in all successful leaders. A significant body of research as summarized in Bruce Peltier’s, The Psychology of Executive Coaching concludes that many successful leaders bear these traits that I associate to leading with mercy. Integrity: If I were asked to pick one trait most greatly associated with leading with mercy I would choose integrity. From leading by example, delegating responsibility, to encouraging risk taking the foundation is trust in the leader. 

Vision: The capacity of a leader for organizational vision and to articulate that vision is a common trait amongst successful leaders and as we will discuss, clarity of vision is a key component of the Lead With Mercy framework. Phrases like compassionate management, managing compassionately, and conscious capitalism are rolling off the tongues of chief executives like LinkedIn’s, Jeff Weiner; and the blogs of leading business magazines like Harvard Business Review. 

Keywords: [“Lead”,”Mercy”,”business”]
Source: http://www.leadwithmercy.com/?author=1&paged=2

Chameleon Cold Brew: Quality Starts with Compassion, A Story of Coffee

Manufacturing iPhones is a world away from producing coffee, but there are many lessons to find in a cup of coffee. Like the cherry from which our morning brew derives, the story of coffee peels back in many layers until at last there is the bean. One layer in coffee’s story hints at this distinction between buying quality and simply acquiring luxury, no matter what the cost. Smaller producing countries like Peru are increasingly focused on providing specialty-grade coffee to a growing market demand. Averaging only 3 hectares, the typical Peruvian coffee farm produces shade-grown, hand-picked, sun-dried beans, using natural fertilizer to maintain a density of about 2000 plants per hectare at an elevation of between 1000 and 1800 meters. 

The beans must be properly dried, cupped, Q-graded, and assigned nothing less than an 80 on the Q system developed by the Coffee Quality Institute. Done consistently by dedicated farmers, the process of producing high-quality, organic or specialty grade coffee can be the model of quality we seek. As coffee spread, so did new ideas, as they circulated across the proliferation of coffee houses across the old and new world. From the morning sludge we consume at the office, purchased in bulk at Costco, to the finely tuned aromatic brew shared with a friend at a trendy coffee shop, coffee runs through the veins of our social interactions. Arguably, the human cultivation of coffee, in turn, helped cultivate civilization A vigorous debate continues to this day about its origin story, but coffee cuts through human history like the legends of kings and long-forgotten civilizations. 

There, we’ll meet the farmers, explore the land, and yes, drink the coffee. For CEO and co-founder Chris Campbell and his team, the story of coffee starts with a keen eye on quality. 

Keywords: [“coffee”,”quality”,”produces”]
Source: https://www.triplepundit.com/2018/07/compassionate-capitalism…

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Keywords: [“People”,”Compassionate”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://www.richreefer.com/compassionate-capitalism-people-helping.pdf

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-02-2018

Adelaide’s homeless: Calls for greater compassion from city residents and workers

SA Council of Social Service’s Ross Womersley said inner cities are a magnet for people with problems of addiction, mental health, and family breakdowns – all contributing factors to homelessness. For obvious reasons many of the facilities used by homeless people – shelters, detox centres and soup kitchens – also gravitate to the same locations. In Adelaide’s CBD that’s primarily around two spots; the Hutt Street Centre on Hutt Street in the South East corner, and the Salvos about 2 kilometres away on Whitmore Square in the south-west. Both have been there for decades, Hutt Street since the 50s, the Salvos for 147 years, both serving much the same cohort of people. Hutt Street has found itself in the middle of a storm of ‘streets of fear’ stories, with residents and business owners pointing to brawls, antisocial behaviour and begging along the popular restaurant and cafe strip. 

SA Police Superintendent Craig Wall said while there had been a spike in the fear of crime, Hutt Street had not seen a corresponding spike in crime itself. While there’s been no crime spike, Paul Coulson from the Salvos’ Whitmore Square service said around the world, facilities like his do experience peaks and troughs of antisocial behaviour. SAPOL pointed to the fact that there has been more development in the Hutt Street precinct, and it’s a longer street, meaning more ‘opportunities’ for conflict. 20 years of experience also tells him perpetual peace is never the outcome when people in crisis live side-by-side with people whose lives are on track. Owner Tony Straccia lives above the shop, so for the past decade both his working and private lives have unfolded around Whitmore Square. He believes Hutt Street has seen greater gentrification than the square, helping account for the current tensions. 

Two senior welfare advocates have told the ABC the board of the Hutt Street Centre feels under siege, describing the stories of a crime spike as a beat up. 

Keywords: [“Street”,”people”,”Hutt”]
Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/how-we-treat-the-homeless/9702840

The Forgotten Story of Thanksgiving: Prosperity Caused By Entrepreneurship

A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community. About forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims – including Bradford’s own wife – died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. 

Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives, and half the people weren’t carrying their weight and didn’t have to. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, and they got to keep the bulk of what they produced, thus turning loose the power of Entrepreneurship, Free Enterprise and Capitalism! What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation! 

The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. That’s the first Thanksgiving: A thanks to God for their safety, a thanks to God for their discovery, and a thanks to the Indians by sharing the abundance that they themselves produced after first trying what could only be called today Communism, Socialism, or Wealth Redistribution. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends! 

Keywords: [“Bradford”,”first”,”Pilgrims”]
Source: http://www.wrightbusinessit.com/the-forgotten-story-of-thanksgiving…

definition of compassionate by The Free Dictionary

Heart he pulled out his needle and thread, and sewed her together. The patriarch sent me to expostulate the matter with the King, which I did in very warm terms, telling him that we were assured by the Emperor of a reception in this country far different from what we met with, which assurances he had confirmed by his promise and the civilities we were entertained with at our first arrival; but that instead of friends who would compassionate. Our miseries, and supply our necessities, we found ourselves in the midst of mortal enemies that wanted to destroy us. Are mostly hard of heart; not so am I; For mine is tender, soft, compassionate. There was one other event in the memorable past on which he preserved the same compassionate. 

On hearing himself addressed as your Excellency, the Director of the Marionette Theater sat up very straight in his chair, stroked his long beard, and becoming suddenly kind and compassionate. Smiled proudly as he said to Pinocchio:Mrs Deborah approved all these sentiments, and the dialogue concluded with a general and bitter invective against beauty, and with many compassionate. Considerations for all honest plain girls who are deluded by the wicked arts of deceitful men. Ladislaw at Lowick, and Miss Noble made many small compassionate. Lady Lydiard closed the door again, with a compassionate. 

Since the legislative act of 1850, when she heard, with perfect surprise and consternation, Christian and humane people actually recommending the remanding escaped fugitives into slavery, as a duty binding on good citizens,-when she heard, on all hands, from kind, compassionate. Estimable people, in the free states of the North, deliberations and discussions as to what Christian duty could be on this head,-she could only think, These men and Christians cannot know what slavery is; if they did, such a question could never be open for discussion. 

Keywords: [“compassionate”,”Christian”,”Heart”]
Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/compassionate

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-01-2018

The Battle for Healthcare in the US

Pretty much, the Republicans will put healthcare back to the way it was pre-2014 if Paul Ryan’s bill is passed by Congress and Donald signs the bill in its present form. Others will simply lose healthcare insurance as states withdraw from the Medicaid expansion and employers drop the coverage they were required to carry as they had 50 or more employees. Doctors, clinics, and hospitals have seen increased numbers of patients coming through the front door rather than the rear door due to the expansion of Medicaid to 138% FPL and subsidies for healthcare insurance to those under 400% FPL. My own PCP has seen many new patients who have never been to a doctor before except at the ER. With the proposed reversal of the mandate to have healthcare insurance and the dropping of Medicaid, it will fall upon hospitals and doctors to still provide stabilizing care as defined by law to all who arrive at their door. 

Interestingly, Republicans are happy with constituents paying a surcharge/mandate for not having healthcare insurance or healthcare. If they suddenly have to have healthcare insurance, they pay the penalty to private companies rather than use it to fund subsidies. Medicaid currently is not working according to Tom Price and as many as one in three doctors are not accepting Medicaid patients. My own observations with Michigan Medicaid when there was no Federal Government expansion disagrees with Tom Price’s claims. Hune and his associates have their healthcare for life having been in the legislature for short periods of time; why should 600,000 Michigan residents matter to Hune and his associates. 

Michigan and State Senator Joe Hune did their damnest to block people from access to healthcare. The ACA has a penalty for not getting healthcare insurance, which is based on the income of the uninsured and is paid yearly at tax time. The AHCA also has a penalty for not getting healthcare insurance. If the insured was 50 years old and made $11,880 annually, the penalty under the ACA is determined by income and remains the same; however under the AHCA, the penalty under a Bronze plan format jumps to $1,713. 

Keywords: [“healthcare”,”Medicaid”,”old”]
Source: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/03/battle-healthcare-us.html

Alistair McConnachie Prosperity Wonderful Wizard of Oz parable

Alistair McConnachie writes: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is a parable about Money Reform and the 1890s Midwestern political movement led by William Jennings Bryan; three times candidate for President of the United States. Oz is short for ounce, the measure for gold and silver. After vanquishing the Wicked Witch of the East Dorothy frees The Munchkins. With the witch’s silver slippers, Dorothy sets out on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where they meet the Wizard, who appears powerful, but is ultimately revealed as an illusion; the real Wizard being just a little man who pulls levers behind a curtain. 

Dorothy drowns the Wicked Witch of the West; the water being an allegory for the Midwest drought. The real Wizard flies away in a hot-air balloon, the Scarecrow is left to govern the Emerald City, the Tin Woodsman rules the West, and the Cowardly Lion returns to the forest where he becomes King of the Beasts after vanquishing a giant spider which was devouring the animals in the forest. There are many variant readings of The Wizard of Oz. I see it as an election story, and read it against the amazingly intense elections of 1896 and 1900 when Democrat William Jennings Bryan ran against Republican William McKinley. After the Wizard book Baum moved to Los Angeles and churned out a whole series of Oz books, none of which are political. 

The Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy that the Wizard of Oz may help her return to Kansas. To achieve true freedom for herself and her allies Dorothy must destroy the Wicked Witch of the West – who enslaves the girl before being dissolved by a bucket of water. The story ends as the Good Witch of the South tells Dorothy that her silver slippers are so powerful that they can fulfil her every wish, and they carry her directly back home, quite without help from the fumbling Wizard. With so much election literature featuring the ratio of 16 oz of silver to 1 oz of gold, the colourful utopia just had to be called Oz. Purchase back issues of Alistair McConnachie’s Prosperity money reform journal here. 

Keywords: [“Dorothy”,”Wizard”,”Witch”]
Source: http://prosperityuk.com/2001/01/a-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-a-monetary…

Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How

Compassion meditation is an ancient contemplative practice to strengthen feelings of compassion towards different kinds of people. The feeling of compassion itself is the emotional response of caring and wanting to help when encountering a person’s suffering. With practice, it’s thought that compassion can be enhanced and this will increase the likelihood of a person exhibiting helping behavior-not only during the meditation practice, but out in the real world, when interacting with others. After only two weeks of online training, participants in our study who practiced compassion meditation every day behaved more altruistically towards strangers compared to another group taught to simply regulate or control their negative emotions. These findings suggest that compassion is a trainable skill, and that practice can actually alter the way our brains perceive suffering and increase our actions to relieve that suffering. 

We recruited participants with no prior meditation experience and randomly assigned them to learn either compassion training or reappraisal training, which is an emotion regulation technique that asks people to re-interpret negative events to decrease negative emotions. In the 30-minute guided compassion meditation, participants practiced compassion for themselves, a loved one, a stranger, and a difficult person in their lives. In the session, the compassion we feel for the loved one is used as a kind of home base to then attempt to extend similar levels of compassion to the other people. The real test of whether compassion could be learned was if people would behave more altruistically towards strangers, by doing things like spending their own money to help people they had never met. After only the seven hours of practice, people who trained in compassion behaved more generously compared to the other group. 

These findings provide early evidence that compassion is a trainable skill rather than a stable trait. As of April 2014, over 3,700 people have downloaded the compassion meditation training in over 60 countries. 

Keywords: [“compassion”,”people”,”train”]
Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/3037045/want-to-train-your-brain-to…