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Compassion: The #1 Gift of 2011

Compassion: The #1 Gift of 2011

2011 has been a tough year for many businesses, dealing with drops in revenues, facing difficult decisions, perhaps leaving your paycheck in the drawer. If you’re fortunate to have good numbers and a long list of successes, you still probably have people in your organization, your network of friends or your family circle who are struggling.

One of the greatest gifts at this holiday season is your Compassion. We can’t always fix it or solve it for others, but we can listen and offer support in many forms. We can offer a perspective for them to see the lessons and the accomplishments they have made despite the odds. It’s easy to think we’re the only ones facing challenges, so it’s important to let them know that they are not alone. They have you on their side as well as being in partnership with the Divine.

We recently polled a group of executives participating in our Masterful Intentions Program. The underlying theme of the program’s success was the opportunity to be open and authentic, to be understood and to be supported without judgment or criticism. (You can learn more about the program below)

Compassion is also one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. I talk to so many business people who are feeling overwhelmed with year-end wrap up, the last push to finish the year strong, not to mention holiday preparations, activities and celebrations…and, oh, I forgot, holiday travelling. Compassion for our self can include a large dose of self-love, self-care and the willingness to release. Release the year and its’ results, release the expectations that weren’t met, release the judgments about what did or didn’t get accomplished and cut ourselves some slack for occasionally getting caught in fear, worry and doubt.

We can express compassion in many ways:

Patience - take a few deep breaths and lighten up. It will all be done on time…or it won’t! Kindness-a simple smile, thank you, a random act of thoughtfulness goes a long way, even when we don’t know how much it mattered to the recipients.

Flexibility - (See patience)…there are a lot of “moving parts” and plans, projects, and even travel schedules that will require creativity, reverting to plan B and going with the flow.

Present Moment - Each moment is unique and once in a lifetime. If we’re worried about the future or fretting about the past, we’ll miss the only moment there is. Let go of the little stuff. (and recognize that it’s all really little stuff)

Forgiveness - Remember how healing it is to forgive ourselves for mistakes, unfulfilled goals, or conflicts with others, and to forgive others for anything they did or didn’t do in the past. Spend the holidays with an open and loving heart.

Gratitude - There’s a real power in remembering all the good, the wonder and the blessings that we already enjoy. Go into the New Year with the intention to increase the good that is already present.

Giving - as we give to others, we are rewarded in how it makes our heart sing. As we receive the gifts of others, we allow their hearts to sing as well!

The true meaning of this holiday season is love, generosity, the comfort of tradition, the joy of re-connecting with family and friends and the focus on hope and peace for the New Year.

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Happy Holidays!

Marla & Robert

PS: Let us know how we can support your intentions and dreams for 2012. Check out some of the programs we offer at 


Join our Masterful Intention Peer Group Program:
Here’s what participants are saying:

“The best thing about the experience is to have people surrounding you who know what’s going on, they understand what you’re going through and help you put it in perspective”

“We are finding out that we are not alone in these struggles and that gives a peace of mind and a sense that problems can be overcome”

“We have bonded together as spiritual beings and to supporting each other in our inner growth and outer actions in today’s recession”

“Verbalizing and sharing thoughts and intentions are extremely and Divinely powerful. This program facilitates clear focus and inspiration. I’m seeing results unfolding all around me I may have otherwise missed. Just do it! It’s time and money well spent.”

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