"The moment you understand the importance of loving yourself, you will stop hurting others."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Pediatrician Claudia Gold supports mentors to discover the true reasons behind each child’s behaviour.  Claudia feels we need to move beyond behaviour and pay attention to the meaning behind it because it actually communicates something deeper and more fundamentally important.

In this interview Claudia shares insights on how mentors can nurture children's mental health through connection and with compassion.

Mary Mackenzie believes compassion is about seeing the humanness in everyone, including ourselves. One way to express compassion is to remember our entire relationship with someone, rather than focusing on one disappointing incident.

How do we broaden our perspective and let go of a standalone incident?  This is a beautiful read on the fine art of not being offended.

"All anger, all acting out, all harshness, all criticism, is in truth a form of suffering. When we provide no Velcro for it to stick, something changes in the world. We do not even have to say a thing. In fact, it is usually better not to say a thing. People who are suffering on the inside, but not showing it on the outside, are usually not keen on someone pointing out to them that they are suffering. We do not have to be our loved one’s therapist. We need only understand the situation and move on. In the least, we ourselves experience less suffering and at best, we have a chance to make the world a better place."

Connect through compassion, collectively.  The future of the village depends on it.

Melissa Shadforth