The Eclectic Soul Podcast — Episode 03 — Compassion

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This episode of The Eclectic Soul Podcast is about compassion. One of my pet causes right now is self-compassion. There’s a lot of talk about self-love and self-care — and I think they are very important topics — but self-compassion is the foundation of either of those. After all, if you aren’t feeling compassionate toward yourself, what motivation or inspiration do you have to treat yourself with love and care?

  • says that compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
  • I mentioned a study that was done at the University of Wisconsion-Madison that seems to indicate that compassion is a learned skill. I certainly agree with that!
  • If you’d like the downloads of the guided meditations they used, they are available at Investigating Healthy Minds (This actually didn’t work for me.)
  • I also mentioned a loving-kindness meditation process based on the Buddhist Metta teachings.


Ya gotta love the Dalai Lama! Everyone appreciates kindness and compassion. Please pin and share this image to promote the podcast. Thanks!

The Lab Assignment for this episode involves two weeks of compassion training. Either download the guided compassion meditation mentioned in the episode or learn the loving-kindness meditation linked to above. Practice for just 30 minutes for 14 days — that will be the same amount of training that the participants in the study mentioned in the episode received. I’m interested in hearing if you find yourself more compassionate (especially toward yourself!) at the end of the two weeks. Please leave a comment or send me an email.

And don’t forget the book giveaway! I’d love to share a copy of one of my favorite books with you: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.

Thanks for listening and for sharing this podcast with your friends and family who might be interested.



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