The Soft Spot

3 Compassion Practices for the COVID-19 Pandemic

For most of us, the COVID-19 outbreak has already caused a sudden, unwelcome shift in our daily routines. Much of this shift is guided by public health knowledge regarding the exponential power of simple actions to reduce suffering, especially for the most vulnerable people throughout society.

Sensing, Feeling & Responding

This post is a part of “The Soft Spot,” a section of the Naropa University blog dedicated to compassion from Naropa’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE). By

Everyday Compassion: Minding the Stranger

By Charlotte Z. Rotterdam, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University It’s easy to feel compassion for those closest to us, our loved ones

Compassion Retreat in the Kingdom of Bhutan

During the Fall semester, Naropa Professor Judith Simmer-Brown led a 20-day compassion pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Bhutan along with Al Kaszniak.  Sensei Al Genkai is a Zen priest in the lineage of Joan Halifax, Roshi, and is a neuropsychology Professor Emeritus from the University of Arizona. 

Can Meditation Help Mediation?

On September 13, 2018, Judith Simmer-Brown of Naropa’s Compassion Initiative was invited to present compassion training for the 20th Judicial Court mediators.  She introduced the latest research on burnout from Tania Singer’s lab at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany.

Does Compassion Scare You?

Exploring compassion through the lens of our fears can help us to personally reflect on why we may sometimes shy away from compassion.

The Heart: A Meditation

Regardless of cultural orientation, for most human beings the heart holds a wealth of imagery as reflected in the language and symbols that we associate with it.

The New Science of Compassion

This is the 3rd post of ‘The Soft Spot’ – a new section on the Naropa University blog dedicated to compassion. In this discussion between Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, and Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, the

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