Monthly Archives: November 2016

Compassionate Perspective

If you are interested in getting a deeper perspective on both sides of our countries current divide, please watch these Ted Talks Anand Giridharadas. He is an amazing writer who presents understanding from multiple perspectives through the reading of letters he wrote. Apparently this is a cleansing day for me, because I cried through both the readings. Really though, please, please, please if you have any desire to understand your friends, your family members, or simply your fellow human beings that may or may not have a different opinion than yours, please watch these. They are beautiful and meaningful and so very relevant. Thank you to my friend, Kristen, for sharing these link with me. Thank you all for being here. -Jean

Is Education the Solution?

I’ve been weeping. Seriously, my eyes are like a sprinkler system for my face. I’ve been well-watered like a manicured lawn, (hopefully I don’t start sprouting grass). It’s all this violence, all this hate, you know? All those giant vats of fear people carry around and struggle to keep upright have flipped right the fuck over and the putrid, sticky contents are flooding the streets.

I’ve been reading about the protests in Portland, OR that have turned violent. I love Portland. I spent years in that city. Violence has never been the image that comes to my mind when I consider Portland. I’ve been following news reports about children going to school with Trump signs, chanting about building a wall and white supremacy. Children! Filled with hateful fear. Fear and ignorance passed down from generation to generation. Continue reading

Building a Compassionate Nation

Hello all,

Jean here. For those of you who followed my previous blog, you know that I wrote a review blog about genre entertainment. Now, as much as I believe entertainment and art are important to society, current events have inspired me to start a different style of blog. In fact, current events have inspired my husband, Dustin, and I to run this blog together, and we are calling it Compassionate Nation.

This site is dedicated to talking peacefully about real world issues and finding compassion for our fellow human beings no matter what walk of life they come from, no matter what political opinions they may have, no matter their skin color or religious beliefs or sexual orientation, or gender. This is a place to let go of hate and division and to come together as a united nation of compassion. Also, we will be providing free Yoga classes and making recommendations for classes, books, and videos you can check out to help deepen the levels of compassion within. To develop empathy and unconditional love for your fellow Earthlings. This is about real human connection and seeing ourselves in each other. Continue reading