Inspirational Resources

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Be Optimal Holistic Health Center

Holistic Medicine is the art and science that addresses the whole person, body, mind and spirit. It works to get to the root of a problem and create balance. Educate, empower, and bring out your best self!
www.beoptimal.com

Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
www.charterforcompassion.org

Self-Compassion: A Healthier Way of Relating to Yourself

This website provides useful information about self-compassion and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public. Take the free test to assess your level of self-compassion.
www.self-compassion.org

Center for Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.
www.cnvc.org

Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. This website has more than 2 million users from around the world, and you are welcome to use all of the resources available there for free.
www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Tricycle is the leading Buddhist journal in the West. Its readership includes longtime practitioners, those who are curious about Buddhism or meditation, and those who do not identify as Buddhist but value the teachings of wisdom and compassion Buddhism has to offer.
www.tricycle.com

Tara Brach

Tara Brach is a clinical psychologist and a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.
www.tarabrach.com

Sharon Salzberg

One of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
www.sharonsalzberg.com

We cannot be close to others if we are turned against ourselves.
–Tara Brach