7: Compassion is the Key to Solving the World’s Problems with Sara Schairer (Compassion It)
Can you imagine a world where everyone took a moment to put themselves in another person’s shoes? What would that do to impact our daily interactions with everyone we met?
It would change the world.
That’s the vision of Sara Schairer. She realizes the key to this is compassion. If we could install that single act into our daily lives, the world would be a better place. Which is why she started the movement to turn compassion into a verb.
Enter: Compassion It
Compassion It is focused around equipping individuals with a reversible bracelet, similar to the Livestrong bracelet. You start the day on one side. Then when you complete an act of compassion, you flip it to the reverse.
This movement is gaining momentum.
To date Compassion It has sold over 70,000 bracelets covering 6 continents, 49 counties and in all 50 states. Sara has expanded to include comprehensive curriculum, lesson plans, Self Compassion bracelets and more.
Quote that Inspired it All
“Compassion is the most important lesson to teach our children. If we could teach our kids to put themselves in other shoes and help them, we would solve every social issue on the planet. No more hunger. No more poverty. No more war, all because of compassion. “
– Wayne Dryer
“While some sees them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
– Steve Jobs, Apple
- 2008 Ellen Show episode with Wayne Dryer
- Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)
- The Lean Start Up
- The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life by Geshe Michael Roach
- Kristin Neff from Self Compassion
- Christopher Germer, PhD from Mindful Self- Compassion
- Michelle Becker from Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
- Dalai Lama
- San Diego State University
Hopefully one day Sara realizes her goal of partnering with the NCAA Football, Nike, Adidas, the Padres or even the NFL.
Connecting with Compassion It
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