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Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-01 14:26

By Matthew Clarke  Day Two  of Heart-Mind 2014 opened with a charming video of a bunch of elementary school kids being asked what kindness is. Needless to say, it was adorable, hilarious and poignant. I know all too well the ability of children to accidentally stumble onto a truth that so perfectly captures the essence of a topic. You can watch this great video here. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-26 14:22

By Matthew ClarkeThe Conference began on an idyllic Vancouver spring evening. Opening the festivities was a performance by a Vancouver based youth dance collective aptly named, “The Heart Mind Body Collective.” They gave a passionate performance to a spoken word piece called “Instructions For a Bad Day” by acclaimed and ever-inspiring spoken word poet, Shane Koyczan, which was underscored by a driving, uplifting musical score.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-26 10:10

What does it mean to be “Compassionate and Kind?”  Etymologically, compassion means ‘to suffer together’. From this sharing in suffering comes the motivation to help relieve the suffering of others. By taking action in some way, for example, wishing it were different for someone, sitting with someone who has just received bad news or providing a meal to someone in need, we are less likely to become overwhelmed by seeing the distress of others. As we enhance our ability to really see and feel what is around us, our ability to experience compassion grows. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-21 14:11

By Matthew ClarkeHeart-Mind 2014: The Science of Kindness. I was already looking forward to returning to this year’s conference, as I had attended the 2013 version and loved it. But the theme of this year’s event grabbed my interest especially. There was a wonderful juxtaposition to it. Kindness is not something I immediately think of as a scientific concept. It’s something that feels better left to art or philosophy and much less at home in a laboratory. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-16 12:23

What is the quality “Gets Along with Others”? When children get along with others they demonstrate the ability to form positive and healthy relationships with peers and adults.  As they interact and play with others, children learn the skills (such as managing their emotions) needed to develop and maintain successful relationships. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-14 10:59

This year’s Heart-Mind 2014 conference attendees definitely connected with the importance of Heart-Mind Learning (Social and Emotional Learning) conveying that it is more than just a teachable concept or theory, but a movement. @tjvbeaton tweeted, “...Most powerful conference of my year once again #HeartMind2014”. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-11 20:01

BY MELODY SCHALMThe one that grows is the one you feed.These words from spoken word artist Shane Koyczan’s Instructions for a Bad Day – beautifully performed by Richmond dance group Heart Mind Body Collective at Thursday evening’s opening to the Heart-Mind 2014 conference – became, to me, a poignant unifying theme of our few days together. In his poem Shane speaks of love and hate, but the words apply to all aspects of our common humanity.   more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-04-22 09:20

By Melody Schalm The other morning I was reminded of just how important our work teaching kindness and ‘social and emotional learning’ really is. It was a regular school morning and, despite my recent resolution to be mindful every moment of every day, I was in fact being unmindful.   We had all slept in, and there were the usual breakfasts to prepare, lunches to pack, seemingly dozens of school forms to complete, cheques to fill out and stress about, and urgent e-mails to return, all before the 8:45 a.m. school start.   more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-04-15 11:14

After an ambitious six-month timeline, the Heart-Mind Index (HMI) Pilot Project has reached the end of the pilot phase. It is, however, just the beginning of a bigger process of acting on what we have learned. During the pilot phase, we shared research and data on the Heart-Mind well-being of children in six communities.  We then tracked how this information impacted  and influenced decision making and actions at a local level.Could the Heart-Mind Index: more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-03-24 12:39

By Maureen PalmerParents of a generation not so long ago remember the relief experienced with the discovery of vaccines, especially for illnesses like polio.  For a small price per child, we are now able to administer injections that protect children from the ravages of such illness. Most parents and governments simply accept the fact vaccines save lives, because we have decades of proof. more