Compassionate Essentials

Compassionate Essentials Promoting the Universal Principles of Non-Harming and Caring through Fair Trade Education. A Fair Trade Market. For me, concern for the health and well being of all is as important in business as it is in my family.

The specific standards I use to evaluate the business are derived from Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings. Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, who was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“May the benefit of our good work enhance the happiness of all beings everywhere.”

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10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk
01/27/2016
10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

The original study was published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and summarized by Vegnews.com. Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all incident cancer cases among men. NOW we know that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer by 33%. So men should ask them…

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk
01/27/2016
10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

The original study was published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and summarized by Vegnews.com. Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all incident cancer cases among men. NOW we know that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer by 33%. So men should ask them…

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk
01/27/2016
10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

The original study was published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and summarized by Vegnews.com. Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all incident cancer cases among men. NOW we know that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer by 33%. So men should ask them…

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk
01/27/2016
10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

The original study was published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and summarized by Vegnews.com. Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all incident cancer cases among men. NOW we know that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer by 33%. So men should ask them…

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk
01/27/2016
10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

The original study was published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and summarized by Vegnews.com. Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all incident cancer cases among men. NOW we know that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer by 33%. So men should ask them…

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk
01/27/2016
10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

10 year 26,000 participant study proves plant based diet drastically decreases prostate cancer risk

The original study was published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and summarized by Vegnews.com. Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all incident cancer cases among men. NOW we know that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer by 33%. So men should ask them…

In the UK, the Care Act 2014, along with the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice require consideration of preventati...
06/15/2015
'Mindfulness can be ‘prescribed’ legally to treat mental ill health'

In the UK, the Care Act 2014, along with the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice require consideration of preventative or early intervention measures to promote wellbeing and avoid health deterioration. This means that interventions not ordinarily considered “medical” such as mindfulness can be a prescribed model of care for prevention or early intervention. http://bit.ly/1KeMKiE #mindfulness

Over the last few months mindfulness has received considerable press and public attention as a means of improving people’s mental health and wellbeing. It is also promoted as, and campaigned for, as a treatment for people with mental ill health.

"Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mi...
06/13/2015
Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

"Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder." http://nyti.ms/1HPIOjn #mindfulness

Research suggests meditation and mental exercises may be better than drugs at helping people cope with attention problems.

Fair Trade Certified
06/12/2015

Fair Trade Certified

Did you know that it's World Day Against Child Labor? Did you also know that choosing Fair Trade helps fight this exploitation & keep kids in school?

Share this to take a stand on this important issue!

"Doubtless, the circumstances of individual countries matter a great deal in terms of what works. But, if the progress m...
06/11/2015
Is it possible to end global poverty? - BBC News

"Doubtless, the circumstances of individual countries matter a great deal in terms of what works. But, if the progress made in the past couple of decades can be replicated in some fashion - and tailored to individual countries - then it's possible that another 18% of the world population can be lifted out of poverty. It would indeed mean the end of poverty in our lifetimes." http://bbc.in/1bJ0sgb #savetheworld

The UN is expected to adopt the World Bank's ambitious target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Could we really see the end of poverty within a generation?

"While the education system provides students with cognitive training, adolescents are mostly on their own to manage the...
06/07/2015
Making a Case for Teaching Mindfulness to Youth

"While the education system provides students with cognitive training, adolescents are mostly on their own to manage the emotional ups and downs that are part of their biological development." http://huff.to/1HEUzJw #mindfulness

Mindfulness is a way of being and thinking that grows out of paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to what is happening in the present moment. When we are mindful, we deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations), and what is…

Great words of wisdom
06/06/2015

Great words of wisdom

The essence of loving kindness is being able to offer happiness. You can be the sunshine for another person. You can’t offer happiness until you have it for yourself. So build a home inside by accepting yourself and learning to love and heal yourself. Learn how to practice mindfulness in such a way that you can create moments of happiness and joy for your own nourishment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The Fair Trade community steps up to the plate to help earthquake victims in Nepal.  http://bit.ly/1FkijlB #compassion
06/05/2015
Fair trade community rallies around Nepal » peoplesworld

The Fair Trade community steps up to the plate to help earthquake victims in Nepal. http://bit.ly/1FkijlB #compassion

Editor's note: The fair trade community has been mobilizing support for the people of Nepal after the devastating April 25 earthquake. One of the unique qualities of fair trade is businesses need to develop long-term partnerships with artisans and businesses in the producer countries. In other words…

What a great cause to support!
06/05/2015

What a great cause to support!

Right now you have a chance to help a child reconstruct their lives and build a better future?

CLICK here to donate to ECPAT UK - Campaigning against child s*xual exploitation and trafficking: http://walkfr.ee/1AOXT7R

Patagonia, no company is more conscientious.
06/03/2015
The Unacceptably High Cost of Labor

Patagonia, no company is more conscientious.

Imagine paying $7,000 to get a job. That's what some labor brokers charge migrant workers in Asian countries to place them in factory work in Taiwan, where many factory jobs go wanting these days. The practice is considered an acceptable part of doing business, though brokers regularly charge above legal limits.

You can turn the suffering of anger into understanding by acknowledging your anger and practicing breathing so you may t...
06/03/2015

You can turn the suffering of anger into understanding by acknowledging your anger and practicing breathing so you may take good care of it. http://bit.ly/1KGkmHA #mindfulness

Fair Trade Hellas
06/01/2015

Fair Trade Hellas

#fairtrade

"Genetically engineered Golden Rice and GMO Bananas are being proposed by corporations hiding behind the cloak of academ...
06/01/2015
Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs

"Genetically engineered Golden Rice and GMO Bananas are being proposed by corporations hiding behind the cloak of academia as a solution to hunger and malnutrition in the Global South. But these are false miracles." http://bit.ly/1F5m2U4 #savetheearth

The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions. Industrial agiculture is the biggest contributor to biodiversity erosion as well as to climate change. According to the United Nations, 93%…

Important to read!
05/29/2015
Can We Finally Treat Food Workers Fairly?

Important to read!

If you run a business that’s dependent on labor at the poverty level, it isn’t a viable business, from either a moral or practical point of view.

Instead of pushing the farmers every year to give a better price, Counter Culture Coffee decided it would build and leve...
05/29/2015
‘Fair Trade' Pioneer Expanding on Sustainable, Transparent Practices

Instead of pushing the farmers every year to give a better price, Counter Culture Coffee decided it would build and leverage relationships to implement sustainable and transparent practices that yield a better tasting bean. http://bit.ly/1HDWV0D #fairtrade

DURHAM, N.C. | When Counter Culture Coffee co-founder Brett Smith was in business school, he would laugh when entrepreneurs talked about vision statements.

bodhisattva
05/28/2015

bodhisattva

We need to do better!
05/27/2015

We need to do better!

According to UNICEF and the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2014-2015 has been the worst period in terms of child abuse/slavery/children caught in crossfires – with children being trafficked and dehumanized at a very young age, often as young as four years old.

Photo: Fernando Moleres

every cup of coffee, cup of tea, piece of fruit…...
05/27/2015

every cup of coffee, cup of tea, piece of fruit…...

Behind every cup of coffee, is a person.

Remember as you're enjoying your cup tomorrow morning!

The power of music persuades girl's parents to not go through with the marriage they had arranged for her.  http://bit.l...
05/27/2015
Afghan rapper escaped teen marriage by singing about it

The power of music persuades girl's parents to not go through with the marriage they had arranged for her. http://bit.ly/1PFJlbS #compassion

A young girl from Afghanistan escaped being forced into marrying a man when she was 14 years old — by writing a rap song about it. The young rapper is now living and going to school in the US, and she’s still making music about social justice in Afghanistan. #womenslives

Slavery still exists!
05/25/2015

Slavery still exists!

It is estimated that 3 000 Vietnamese children have been trafficked to the UK and used as forced labour. http://bit.ly/1HCzr9l

SHARE this post with your friends to let them know that slavery still exists and that we can to come together to do something about it: http://bit.ly/1cd0ATb

#slaverystillexists

To be compassionate, we should practice being thankful. Everything we enjoy comes from the earth and the labor of the ea...
05/23/2015

To be compassionate, we should practice being thankful. Everything we enjoy comes from the earth and the labor of the earth's inhabitants. http://bit.ly/1JqEaNn #compassion

Make informed choices.  Buy Fair Trade and support small scale farming and sustainability.  http://bit.ly/1E3K5kC #fairt...
05/21/2015
May is Fairtrade Month

Make informed choices. Buy Fair Trade and support small scale farming and sustainability. http://bit.ly/1E3K5kC #fairtrade

Your choices of what you eat and drink make a difference in the lives of farmers and in the way companies do business. When you make informed choices you are supporting trade fairness and sustainab...

Be part of the solution to end modern slavery: http://bit.ly/1KEyoFY #compassion
05/19/2015
There is More to Be Done

Be part of the solution to end modern slavery: http://bit.ly/1KEyoFY #compassion

Not My Life is raising awareness of human trafficking around the world, but there is more to be done. We need your help.

".....growing and giving good food in abundance is the highest dharma, and growing and giving bad food is the highest fo...
05/17/2015
In Living Soil Lies the Solution to Climate Change

".....growing and giving good food in abundance is the highest dharma, and growing and giving bad food is the highest form of adharma. That is why growing and eating organic food without violence to the soil is our sacred duty." http://bit.ly/1zTMbTF #savetheearth

At this fragile moment of human evolution—in the immediate wake of yesterday's celebration of Mother Earth Day—we have a moment to reflect on the state of the Earth and the human condition, as well as an opportunity to renew our pact as members of the Earth family — Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam. Vasudhaiv K…

Fair Trade REALLY helps!!
05/15/2015

Fair Trade REALLY helps!!

When you choose Fair Trade coffee, you're helping women like Clara support her family.

Big thumbs up to show your support for Clara, a strong woman of Fair Trade!

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