Links to videos and resources about compassion

These links are to various pages offering videos and other resources about compassion. They haven’t all been verified for their content, so trust your judgement. Them being here doesn’t represent an endorsement of all the views they put across. Use them as food for thought for your own reflections on what your compassion is about.

The website of the Compassionate Mind Foundation in the UK, with links to audio meditations and resources about compassion:

Two talks from Brene Brown on vulnerability and shame:

The Ultimatum Game – a fun game show that helps us think about what empathy and collaboration looks like.

A TED playlist to watch: How to make compassion thrive

And another TED talk about empathy by Jamil Zaki:

The biology of multiple selves: How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.

Two minute cartoon explaining mindfulness in terms of choosing which emotions to feed 

A selection of videos about different aspects of compassion

Comedian George Carlin on our shared humanity (some swearing involved)

An interview with Dennis Tirch, a psychologist with a special interest in compassion, on “The Art and Science of Self-Compassion”

Medics talk about how they found time to do a short meditation after people had died, trying to find time in a busy hospital environment

A selection of meditations

Video from USA with people being interviewed about their self-critical voices and how to use the voice they use for their friends on themselves

Podcast about How to be less self-critical using mindfulness and self-compassion

A video by Robert Sapolsky explaining how the brain works in relation to the evolution of our impulses:


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