Classroom Guide to Compassion & Courage

Compassion—the ability to understand a person’s emotions and the desire to alleviate suffering—grounds us in our shared humanity and infuses our thoughts, words, and with courage and kindness. Cultivating self-compassion during this period of heightened stress related to COVID-19 will support us in accepting ourselves exactly as we are, creating a foundation for healing and growth. Through practicing compassion, we enhance our capacity to stay emotionally connected despite our current reality of increased physical disconnection and isolation. Compassion takes courage, and being courageous during times of uncertainty and physical distance will allow us all to support our own and each other’s emotional well-being.

This guide includes lesson that you can use with your students or even yourself. We've designed it so that it can be modified for online teaching.

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