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Rita Johnston
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Bringing up Baby
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Josette O'Donnell Mar 15, 2009.


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I am interested in the Empathy Foundation because
Empathy is a core practise for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet.

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Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children

How Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children in an Unstable World …


Posted on January 13, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Thoughtfulness: Engaging Empathy to Build Strong Brains

Helen was playing in the sandbox in the park, when a brawl between a brother and sister broke out near her. Helen looked up from her work to see them arguing over a shovel, knocking each other to the ground. She watched intently for a while then calmly looked around, found two more shovels, and walked over to them. She handed one to the brother and the other to his sister. The fighting stopped, the girl handed Helen the shovel they had been fighting…


Posted on July 11, 2012 at 5:30pm

Centre of the Developing Child

I want to share this site called the the Centre of the Developing Child at Harvard University.  It has lots of great information, videos and interactive sections that clearly and simply explain the link between early childhood experiences and developing brain architecture of the child.  This is a site you can return to again and again as it is always being updated.  Subsrcibe to their newsletter to keep up to…


Posted on May 1, 2012 at 11:30am

Helping Baby Sleep

As new parents we know how hard it can be to settle our new baby and in many cases disturbed sleep is still a problem after many months.

Go to Sleep Safe Space for more information

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 2:41pm

Compassion and Empathy - 5 minute read

Nurturing Compassion.pdfcompassion Uruguay.pdfcompassion_rd.pdfI just received these very lovely and informative documents (2 powerpoints and 1 article) on compassion and empathy and how to grow more of these in… Continue

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 11:30am

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At 10:22pm on July 14, 2009, Sabine Sendlhofer said…
Hi Rita, thank you for pointing me to this network. I have already read some of the articles and find that they widen my horizon considerably. We are currently staying at the coast, and it is warm and balmy with some gentle breezes. A nice change, with many bikerides, ocean baths and farniente. much love and kind thoughts, sabine xxoo
At 11:19am on May 22, 2009, Glenda Cain said…
Hi Rita
I am pleased to be a part of this foundation. If your are interested I have an article of my work with Roots of Empathy published in "The Journal of Student Well-being". You may find it iteresting.
Kind regards
Glenda Cain
At 5:21pm on March 28, 2009, lisa-maree botticelli said…
Hi Rita

I love the beautiful photos up on your blog. especially the earth hands how amazing. Have a beautiful day!

At 8:07pm on March 2, 2009, Millin said…
I uploaded some of my favourite photos id love you to have a look at them esp Jesseys First light. Andrew took it as he was being delivered xox
At 5:08pm on February 10, 2009, Julia said…
Dear Rita
thank you so much for inviting me to join .... it is so incredible that I was guided immediately to a discussion about empathy and sympathy as this is so much part of a "life-topic" I am working through at the moment with regard to my practice and the work I do .... at the end of the day I think I can only give my patients impulses for self-healing if I love them unconditionally ... and I think this has a lot to do with empathy .....
Isn't it wonderful how we are guided!
Thank you so much.
Big hugs from the other side of the world, with love
Julia x

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