Nov 13th 2021
Kindness is caring for another without the component of suffering as the motivator. It is an attribute that is cultivated when one is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually aligned. It is important to develop compassion for self and others when one begins to understand that the negative dialogue we have in our head is not truth and that it is the negative dialogue that stops you from seeing the true nature of reality…our oneness with others. When we are able to see the other as ourselves, caring for the other is easy. We have been liberated from the negative narrative about ourselves and are able to be authentic and no longer afraid of another’s judgement.
So often in modern society, we strive to be something we believe we want to be, but don’t realize that it will not make us happy. We are often trying to assuage the emptiness and the critical narrative we have of ourselves in an attempt to get affirmation from the outside. We cannot understand why, after accomplishing a challenging task that we feel is important; we remain unhappy. It is when one understands that happiness is found within and is the manifestation of connection and service, not of chasing something that has no sustenance. We are on this earth to be of service to others which fills the void, offers calmness, improves our physiology and increases our longevity.
The reality is that compassion can be taught and that when one is compassionate and is able to understand that everyone is suffering then it leads one to understand the power of kindness in everyday life.
Dr. James Doty sparkles with goodwill when he talks about kindness. He is interesting and uplifting as a speaker who brings evidence to support his conviction that to be kind is more than a pleasantry. As a young pre-teen James had a life changing experience that taught him the value of human compassion and it has guided his life ever since.
Dr. Doty is a neurosurgeon and keeps up to date on the growing evidence of neurological research showing the importance of our emotions in all aspects of our physical and mental health. He also founded The Center For Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University with “… the explicit goal of promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior.” In this webinar he explores the clear evidence that CCARE and other neurological research shows about the value of kindness and compassion and some lifestyle techniques that help us become kinder, more altruistic people.
- Learning some psychological and biological benefits of kindness
- Learning to have greater self-compassion
- Ways to make kindness a habit
- How to overcome fear with kindness and compassion
- How does meditation retrain innate self‑kindness ?
James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases (basis?) for compassion and altruism. Through CCARE, Dr. Doty has overseen the development of a variety of techniques, apps and programs to address issues of stress, anxiety and burnout through the lens of compassion that are used around the world and have positively changed the lives of hundreds of thousands.
He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. He has supported research, provided scholarships, and endowed chairs at multiple universities.
Dr. Doty is on the board of a number of nonprofits and is the former chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation and the former vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion. He is the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” that has now been translated into 40 languages and served as the basis for the third album, Love Yourself: Tear of famous K-pop group, BTS. Dr. Doty’s work has been cited in numerous media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, ABC and many others.
Who Should Attend
The world could use a little more kindness—especially with the year we just had. So this webinar is for everyone!