Mar 042012

I woke up in the middle of the night with a fully-realized insight:
”Liberals are just former conservatives who have relearned the True Meaning of Christmas.”

If you do a Google image search of “true meaning of Christmas,” you find lots of Christmas trees, mangers, and Peanuts kids. That’s stop one; that’s for conservatives. If you keep looking very hard you find some different images that emphasize expressions of love, being compassionate, doing good, teaching, serving, feeding, and healing.


Yeah, you’vejust kinda gotta go with the tender, caring spirit of that last one.

One last comment in closing:

Jesus was “the good shepherd.” He washed feet, gathered children to himself,  recommended being a “good Samaritan,” fed the hungry, and healed the sick.

Jesus showed compassion for the 99%: the poor and the common people including sinners, lepers, tax collectors, and prostitutes.

On the other hand, Jesus really had it in for parasites such as money changers in the temple (who, instead of laboring, were making money off of others by exchanging money) and Pharisees (who were religious lawmakers who “tied heavy burdens upon others”).

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Mar 042012

A graphic collection with an interesting twist. You know this stuff, but sometimes it takes a bit to start putting it together.

Before we begin, keep in mind that:

  • Jesus showed compassion for the 99%: the poor and the common people including sinners, lepers, tax collectors, and prostitutes.
  • On the other hand, he really had it in for parasites such as money changers in the temple (who were making money off others by exchanging money) and Pharisees (religious lawmakers).




John 2:13-16

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Sep 292010

From: Greater Good Science Center

New video: When Dacher Keltner talks about compassion in action, it comes down to one word: TOUCH.

Many of us live in a touch-deprived culture. But in this video Keltner explains how touch is essential to communicating compassion and is a basic form of preventive medicine.

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Jan 122010

Source: “Pursuing Human Strengths,” Martin Bolt, Introduction

“The stream of causation from past to future runs through our present choices.” —David G. Myers, 2002

Individuals and groups have shown an astonishing capacity for both great good and great evil. World War II produced unprecedented levels of national violence. Individuals who risked themselves to help others escape from certain extermination are our modern heroes. Caretakers of the gravely disabled sacrifice large parts of their own lives in service to others. We honor those able to demonstrate a common levels of virtues such as compassion, commitment, and self-control.

It would be tragic if we did not attempt to understand the source and foundation that produced and sustained these virtues. Surely, we should be able to cultivate such human strengths in ourselves and others. This is the purpose of positive psychology. Martin Seligman states: “The main purpose of a positive psychology is to measure, understand, and then build the human strengths and the civic virtues.”

Although we easily form opinions about purpose and motivation based on personal observation and anecdote, we produce hugely divergent explanations. We embrace beliefs ranging from predestination and genetic predisposition to environmental influence and total personal responsibility for individual choices. A careful study of why people behave in the ways they do admits most of these influences on our behavior. Most importantly, our opportunities and capacities to make choices and control the direction of our lives, validates the efforts of positive psychology to build human strengths and foster civic virtues. In short, the study of goodness is a good thing.

Dec 012009

Source: Integral+Life

image Elliott Ingersoll is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning at Cleveland State University. He is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor and a psychologist in the state of Ohio.

Elliott Ingersoll is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning at Cleveland State University. He is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor and a psychologist in the state of Ohio.

Elliott has authored and co-authored four books, and two dozen articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Integral Theory to its infusion in counseling, spirituality, psychopharmacology, and diagnosis. Most recently, Elliott co-authored Psychopharmacology for Helping Professionals: An Integral Exploration (2005). He lives in Kent, Ohio with his wife Jennifer, son Brady, and newborn daughter Kaitlyn.

Source: Integral Institute – Scholars

Elliott Ingersoll’s books and journal publications focus on psychopharmacology, mental health treatment, and the role of spirituality in counseling and psychotherapy.

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  This book provides a basic foundation that readers can use to draw practical and personal conclusions regarding the interface of counseling and spirituality. Readers will have a unique opportunity for both didactic and experiential investigation of spiritual and religious beliefs in relation to the counseling process. The authors provide important information on issues and concepts regarding spirituality, as well as examples of specific interventions related to the topics. The authors have made a conscious attempt to provide readers with information not addressed in other counseling and spirituality texts. The text is divided into three domains, the philosophical, the practical, and the personal. It is the authors’ premise that a holistic model of counseling and spirituality that integrates the scholarly and philosophical with the practical and personal must be used. This book provides a rich introduction to the topics, drawing on various disciplines, and presents the information in a user-friendly manner.
  “A wide range of practice-based topics are addressed in this fact-packed reference book for mental health professionals. Divided into nine major sections, it covers both practical and ethical concerns. The first section focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of common mental illnesses through the life cycle and includes issues relating to specific groups, crisis interventions, and practice management concerns. This is followed by discussions of legal/ethical issues and how mental health workers can cope with the formidable demands and stresses (e.g., compassion fatigue and burnout) of their occupations. The chapters are succinct, typically including statistics, current research, statements of the "best practice," and notable bibliographies. The editors, both professors of counseling at Cleveland State University, have done an admirable job of assembling into a coherent whole contributions from more than 70 experts from a variety of fields. The result is a wealth of useful information handily packaged for the working professional. The practical, direct, and authoritative tone of the book makes it suitable for a diverse audience needing a bridge between the divergent worlds of practice and multidisciplinary research in the field. Recommended for specialized collections serving mental healthcare providers.”
—Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN (Library Journal, December 2001)
  Master the basics of psychopharmacology with PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS! Concise yet comprehensive, this counseling text covers the basic principles of psychopharmacology, commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs for adults, and psychotropic medications prescribed to children. Through the use of numerous case examples, study questions, bolded key terms, and glossary, understanding and applying the material has never been easier. Practical information about how to talk with clients about medication and compliance as well as hands-on information about how to approach collaboration with prescribing professionals prepares you to apply what you have learned to practice.
  This practical book offers valuable information, suggestions, and guidelines designed to help readers learn how to work effectively in an agency setting. The unifying theme and framework is the value and importance of looking at personal and professional aspects of agency counseling. This text helps the reader look inside themselves as well as outside of themselves at their agency.
Nov 282009
True to Yourself: Leading a Values-Based Business

Many leaders of small businesses want to serve the common good, but everyday pressures can make that extremely difficult.

What tools are available to lead an organization that’s obligated to more than the financial bottom line? Utilizing a sleek, condensed format, True to Yourself provides potent, practical advice for leaders looking to make their small business profitable and sustainable.

Arguing that small-business leaders that look beyond the bottom-line are not only more fulfilled, but also more successful, author Mark Albion shows how by embodying competence, commitment, and compassion any small businessperson can lead more effectively.

A series of five best practices forms the basis of a full plan to that shows readers how to bring the three C’s to their business. Equally useful for those starting out or veterans of many years, True to Yourself reveals tried-and-true methods for keeping a values-based business on track.