Be Compassionate NL is dedicated to nurturing habits that connect, share joy, and support environments where people can offer their best to both themselves and others.
The Newfoundland-owned company takes action with events, activities, and programs that teaches, the compassion it strives for, by example. The Be Compassionate team creates a presence in the community through the adaptation of Stanford University- developed compassion program, outreach events on special days such as World Peace Day, World Kindness Day, World Compassion Day, and spreading the Be Compassionate message throughout the year with Random Acts of Kindness. The team is known for giving cookies to people, just to make them smile.
But, as Be Compassionate NL founder Dr. Frances Scully will tell you, ‘compassion’ and its cousin ‘kindness’ are more complex than the smiles, hugs, hearts and rainbows that come to mind when the conversation turns to compassion and kindness.
Dr. Scully is a woman of science. A medical doctor with specialist training in adult and pediatric hematology, she saw in her two decades of practice that healing at the cellular level has a relationship with connection at the emotional and spiritual levels. She’s a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program.
Frances is also a woman of action. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland during the troubled 70s and 80s, she learned that community connection is a lever for advocacy. Frances brings the forces of science and community together for humanity with Be Compassionate NL.
Cultivating compassion connects all aspects of human experience – pain and distress as well as joy an ease, with the intent of reducing suffering. It doesn’t mean no conflict or no pain. “Rather,” Frances says, “Conflict is normal and it’s healthy. Humans can disagree. Compassion brings the focus to conflict resolution, and that’s were we can move forward. It’s about partnership versus domination. Further, as it’s important to realize that compassion can bring suffering to individuals rather than alleviate it.” Be Compassionate NL invites everyone to sign the Be Compassionate pledge. Click here.
It is common for first responders and others in caring professions to experience Compassion Fatigue or become overwhelmed. Developing compassion in a way that does not bring on suffering is an essential learning in Be Compassionate NL’s Meditation Program. It’s designed to help people realize the many benefits of meditation in a supported environment. There’s an 8-week version and an 8-hour version, and programs start at various times through the year, check the Be Compassionate NL website for details.
Along with the Cultivating Compassion Mediation training, Dr. Scully and the Be Compassionate team bring Compassion and Kindness to the community at special events. September 21 is World Peace Day 2021, November 13 is World Kindness Day 2021, and November 28 is World Compassionate Day 2021.
Check their links for how to get involved, and don’t be surprised if someone offers you a gorgeous cookie, no charge.