Compassion Resilience

Compassion resilience is the ability to maintain our physical, emotional, and mental well-being while responding compassionately to people who are suffering (1).

  • You - Start by taking care of yourself
  • You and others - Our relationships are a key piece of taking care of ourselves.
  • You and others and work – We need to create a team and workplace culture that values compassion resilience for individuals, teams, and the organization.

Higher levels of compassion = higher levels of resilience

“Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive…. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
— Dalai Lama

Spark Exercise

If we think of compassion as that spark inside of us that brings us hope and a sense of possibility in this work (world).

  • What fuels your spark?
  • How do we intentionally feed that spark?
  • How do we protect that spark?
  • What we need from each other to nurture our sparks?

Create a spark card for a daily practice of nurturing your spark.


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