"Compassion is a necessity, not a luxury. Without it, humanity cannot survive." — The Dalai Lama
"Compassion is what is going to save our species." — James Doty, MD, founder of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University School of Medicine
John Kinyon provides training in communication skills that create empathy and compassion, helping people and organizations respond more effectively to conflict and have the difficult conversations that matter and generate positive change. Research on compassion shows it leads to increased mental, emotional, and physical well being and functioning, better relationships, and organizational benefits such as enhanced creativity, performance, productivity, and teamwork.
John approach integrates skills of mindfulness, empathy, and a language of universal human needs. His work is based in the international work of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication, NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg.
Empathy and compassion are at the core of our humanity and how we have evolved to overcome challenges together and thrive.
Compassionate communication creates an empathic connection in which we are motivated to contribute to one another's well being out of natural kindness, natural giving from the heart. It is communicating in a way that we experience our shared humanity, interconnectedness, and interdependence with each other and with life, and seek to meet the needs of all concerned. It is taking effective action to meet needs for ourselves and others, creatively and collaboratively.
Research in compassion shows that it is connected to many positive outcomes and benefits to the individual and to organizations.
General benefits include: Increased happiness, joy, peace, creativity, collaboration, "flow" states, enhanced relationships and mental-emotional-physical well being, such as more optimal cognitive functioning, emotional resilience and empathy, lowered stress levels, promotion of the immune system, and enhanced cardiovascular health.
Organizational benefits include: Increased creativity, performance, productivity, teamwork, effectiveness, heightened influence with peers and colleagues, better work relationships, higher organizational profitability, employee engagement, commitment, loyalty, and trust, and greater customer satisfaction. These results are being found in education, business, healthcare, and more, as well as in overlapping fields such as mindfulness meditation, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology. In essence, whenever you are mindful and act with kindness, compassion, and positive emotions toward yourself or others, it generates a ripple of positive impact for yourself and others.
Resources: For research and information on compassion and related fields, click on: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Self-Compassion, The Center for HealthyMinds, The Charter for Compassion, The Center for Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Brene Brown. Spirituality and compassion: The Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Depak Chopra. Poetry, compassion, and organizations: David Whyte. [See John's books for additional resources.]
Within the adversities, challenges, and conflicts in our personal and work lives, there is an energy that can propel us to the next level of growth, fulfillment, and new possibilities. Creating the life and relationships we want, and contributing to the world we envision, happens one conversation at a time.
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." — The Dali Lama