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Inspiring Whale Empathy Story

The Whale













Recently female humpback whale became entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighed down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on January 30, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The Empathy Project is evolving into The Empathy Foundation!

It’s time to tell you the latest about the progress of the Empathy Project.



The great news is that there is now a team of four of us in place to establish its new form: The Empathy Foundation.



We are currently writing a draft Charter and creating an initial structure which will allow us to launch the Empathy Foundation as an organisation.



Once the draft Charter is written it will be circulated widely to attract feedback and comment and help the foundation… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on January 24, 2009 at 5:41pm — No Comments

A Quote from Robin Grille that is worth repeating

From the Preface, p xvii

“Our understanding of early childhood development has grown so rapidly in recent years that we can now say the following with unprecedented confidence: The human brain and heart that are met primarily with empathy in the critical early years cannot and will not grow to choose a violent or selfish life.”

Added by Alice Aird on January 24, 2009 at 4:54pm — 4 Comments

Can Empathy Save the World?

Alice Aird presented an interactive workshop with this intriguing title on Saturday October 4th 2008 at Early Childhood Australia’s Biennial Conference, Australia’s biggest early childhood conference.



Learn more about Early Childhood Australia



Talk Outline

Humans with strongly developed empathy are almost incapable of unprovoked violence against others, or of… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on October 30, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Stunning Quote from Robin Grille's Parenting for Peaceful World

From the Preface, p xvii

“Our understanding of early childhood development has grown so rapidly in recent years that we can now say the following with unprecedented confidence: The human brain and heart that are met primarily with empathy in the critical early years cannot and will not grow to choose a violent or selfish life.”

Added by Alice Aird on May 10, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood

by Alison Gopnik, Andrew Meltzoff and Patricia Kuhl



“Most of us see a picture of innocence and helplessness: a clean slate. But, in fact, what we see in the crib is the greatest mind that has ever existed, the most powerful learning machine in the universe.”



This book is an account of, and an attempt to explain, babies’ and toddlers’ capacities and methods of learning about the world. The central themes may be summarized as follows:



(1) The human brain is like a… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on May 1, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Practice of Empathy with Small Children

The title Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation caught my eye when I was browsing in a big bookshop in Melbourne. I was looking for parenting books because I have recently experienced the great delight of becoming a grandmother for the first time.



I trust the books that ‘jump out at me’ when I go book browsing. I go on a book quest when I have a certain question playing in my mind and somehow I’m always guided to the book that… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on April 24, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Purpose of the Empathy Project

To catalyse the growth of greater capacity for loving relationships in all people.



To spread the word that practicing empathy is the most powerful action that we can take to ensure a sustainable, socially just and peaceful world.



To promote the growth and repair of the empathy centres of the human brain which allow loving relationships with people and the Earth.



To help people to release the emotional blocks caused by not having their emotional needs… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 28, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

No-Blame in a Blaming World - a Story

Imagine a world in which people don’t blame each other just because they don’t feel any urge to blame. They haven’t experienced blaming as children, so it’s just not on their radar! In this imaginary “No-Blame World” the misbehavior of children or teenagers or adults is just a signal they don’t yet understand something about this place or activity. There’s no way it’s about being “good” or “bad”. In fact in No-Blame World, the labels good and bad aren’t used!



In No-Blame world,… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 28, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What would happen if you created your own personal No-Blame World of One?

Would it be possible to live in a no-blame world of one, of your own? What would happen? Could you try it out!



What have you got to lose?



Imagine scenarios in which you step out of Blaming Mode into No-Blame Mode.



Ask yourself – what would happen in this situation if I came from no-blame?



Releasing your emotional reactions is a vital step towards having a no-blame stance. The Sedona Method is a perfect tool to use for this.



Q… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 28, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Practice of Empathy

Empathy is the practice of ways that nourish the growth of self-mastery or awareness in ourselves and others.



Empathy is the sense that we are the same, we are all somewhere along the growth path to becoming continuously conscious.



With empathy we see everyone as equal. We know we are unable to judge our relative positions on the human growth path, so we accept what is right now.



The Empathy Practice



* the practice of relating to yourself and others… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 26, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Empathy Project Plan March 1 2008

To present an inspiring vision of our individual power to create a world that works for everyone, by the constant practice of empathy.



To demonstrate that for individuals, societies and the globe there is only gain from creating an Empathic (or No-Blame) World.



To also show that wherever we are, whatever our situation, it is possible to practice empathy and create a “No-Blame World of One.”



To present why this personal journey of practicing empathy, that is, of… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on March 1, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Parenting for a Peaceful World

by Robin Grille.



How often does a parenting book come along that is as compellingly researched and historically in-depth as Robin Grille's Parenting for a Peaceful World? If taken seriously by parents, teachers, communities and government, it is a book that has the potential to achieve profound evolution and revolution in world peace, human rights and environmental sustainability.



Read the rest of this excellent review… Continue

Added by Alice Aird on February 7, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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