Compassion During Sadness and Disappointment

This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion is focusing on compassion during sadness and disappointment. In many ways 2016 has been a tumultuous year, with a referendum in the UK and an election in the USA that deeply divided people. Racism and xenophobia have shown marked rises in both countries and the implications of both …

Is Your Compassion Fake

Today we have the first in a new series of guest posts. Today’s writer has chosen to stay anonymous, and his post is a sobering reminder of the saying, “It’s not what you say, it’s what you do that matters.” If we preach compassion, we also need to practice it. Otherwise, our words will have …

Compassion Wins

As most readers of this blog will know, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion began in January 2015 in response to the Charlie Hebdo murders, the murder of school children in Pakistan and the Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria. Sometimes it feels as if the world is becoming increasingly less compassionate and more violent, that isn’t the …

#1000Speak June – A Home Remedy for the World

I’ve been thinking so much about the various news stories splayed across the headlines lately. It seems no matter where you are across the globe, there is a story about something negative. Gorillas, alligators, mass shootings, politics, health care, animal cruelty, unemployment, gun control… I could go on, but I won’t. You know what the …

Self-Compassion Heals

“Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at.” Pema Chodron Compassion is what 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion is all about. …

Happiness and Compassion – obvious bedfellows

Hi everyone. It’s link up time again. This month, as well as exploring compassion we are looking at happiness and its links to compassion. And you’d say there’s an obvious link, of course, wouldn’t you? When exploring compassion we are seeking to increase happiness aren’t we? The above quote was a favourite of my father. …

Compassion and Happiness

Our next link-up is on the 20th of March. Just one week to go! Our theme, as it is every quarter, is simply Compassion. However, 20th March is also International Day of Happiness. Do compassion and happiness go together? You bet! So, if  you would like to write a post about the connection between compassion and happiness, …

Our Year of 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion

For this link-up we really needed to do a joint post from members of the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion admin team. Not everyone could join us, but of those of us who could, here are our reflections  on the past year. Happy Anniversary everyone! Lisa Listwa It’s hard to believe that our first post link-up …

Prompts for Celebrating a Year of Compassion #1000Speak

On February 20th 2015, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion held its first link up. Our intention for that day was to get a thousand bloggers together and spread compassion around the world.   As many of you will know, that plan for a single day evolved, and many of us have been writing about compassion …

Forgiveness: The Presence Of Its Absence

“It’s impossible to count the number of words in a language, because it’s so hard to decide what actually counts as a word. Is dog one word, or two (a noun meaning ‘a kind of animal’, and a verb meaning ‘to follow persistently’)? If we count it as two, then do we count inflections separately …

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