Most of wouldn’t give it to our worst enemies. But pain, heartache, and suffering aren’t gifts anyone wants to keep either.

Can there be another option?

Did you get to hear Thich Nhat Hanh speak in Sound True’s Mindfulness & Meditation summit? I was moved by his talk entitled Transforming the Suffering of the World with Mindfulness and Compassion. He spoke about how all suffering and pain can be used as an opportunity to cultivate compassion. If we are angry at someone’s insensitivity or offense, we can put ourselves in their situation and understand their perspective. Empathy and compassion quells the inner fire of anger. Furthermore as Celie says in The Color Purple, “Everything you done to me is already done to you.”

Whether you’re looking to learn about how to be a better parent, live your best life or deal with a narcissist, you’re going to need compassion for yourself, your children and even the people you despise most.

Nagging Isn’t Necessary: How to Improve a Child’s Behavior Without It
(Childhood Behavioral Concerns) – It’s the thing you’re doing as a parent that’s actually worsening their behavior.

Five Signs You’re at Risk of Living a Mediocre Life
(NLP Discoveries) – You’re working hard. You’re trying to get to your goals, but are you doing your best? Go here to find out.

What is Pathological Narcissism?: A Primer for the Layperson
(The Savvy Shrink) – Learn what narcissism really is from a therapist who works with survivors of narcissistic abuse.

Hidden Reasons You’re Allowing Your Kids to Mistreat You
(Bonding Time) – You may not be doing it intentionally, but here are the three reasons you’re contributing to your child’s bad behavior.

7 Must Read Parenting Books, According to the Experts
(Unshakeable Calm) – Looking for the best ways to parent your kids? You’ll want to add these recommended parenting books to your bookshelf.