Participants will be able to:
Children, ages 7-16.
My neighbor called me recently. Sounding shaken, she told me she found an injured raccoon in the middle of the road and wondered if we had a pet carrier she could borrow in order to bring the animal to a wildlife vet. My husband and I ran down our driveway with our carrier, and found our neighbor and her husband, wrapping the raccoon in a blanket, speaking gently to the scared animal. The little bandit-faced being was loaded into the carrier and my neighbors drove all evening until they found a vet who would take him in.
My neighbor told me later that the raccoon’s leg was injured and he looked up at her from the road as if to say, “Please help me.” She said she couldn’t turn away.
This is compassion.
I began to think: How can we show more compassion in this world? How can we notice compassion? Showing and noticing compassion, kindness and empathy will lead us to a more peaceful world. So, let’s figure out how we might put them to practice.
Create a Compassion Calendar
Some ideas to add into your Compassion Calendar:
I’ve only suggested 7 ideas for your calendar. Part of the art of practicing compassion is to develop your own ways of thinking about how you can become more compassionate. It’s ok if you can’t think of enough to fill your calendar. You can always repeat some of them throughout the month. It’s all good practice!
As you develop your ideas, keep in mind that compassion includes:
Once you’ve created your calendar, put it into action! I can guarantee that by the end of the month, you will feel really good about all you’ve done. Be sure to notice how it feels. And maybe you’d like to continue it for another month…or more!
“Sometimes people will hear you better if you speak from a voice of compassion instead of authority. They long to be understood more than to be lectured.”Dodinsky
“Compassion is the ultimate expression of your higher self.”Russell Simmons
“Compassion is contagious. Every moment we choose compassion, we move towards a better world.”Amit Ray
“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.”Prince
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”Dalai Lama
This lesson in Attitude follows along with the book M is for Mindful, by Robin L. Flanigan. You can see my video Read Aloud with Barbara of this wonderful book here.
Thank you to our friends at Mindful kids Thrive, for sharing their book and giving us permission to create lessons around this beautiful collection of writing and art.
If you’d like to learn more about Mindful kids Thrive, visit their website at www.mindfulkidsthrive.com.