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Here at Caring and Courageous Kids we are growing “Circles of Compassion.” We invite you to join the global movement on awakening compassion in every thought, word, and action in our daily lives. How will you leave your heartprints today?
In alignment with our mission, our Circles of Compassion program aspires to the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) model of standards to bring mindfulness and compassion into daily living (compassion for self and compassion for others) to experience more happiness and peace in relationships throughout life whether it’s relationships with family, friends, classmates, co-workers, neighbors, or someone we interact with in the community (server at a restaurant, cashier at the grocery checkout, etc)!
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The standards for our Circle of Compassion program is based around these key areas of self-awareness, self-management and personal responsibility, social awareness and social relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. “Competence in the use of SEL skills is promoted in the context of safe and supportive school, family, and community learning environments in which children feel valued and respected and connected to and engaged in learning. SEL is fundamental not only to children’s social and emotional development but also to their health, ethical development, citizenship, motivation to achieve, and academic learning as well.” (Elias et al., 1997, and CASEL, Safe and Sound, 2005)
Bullying is a complex problem and may never disappear, but we can certainly learn to respond in peace-promoting ways to help the problem get smaller instead of perpetuating the cycle. We can’t always control things that happen and we can’t always control things that others choose to say and do. However, we can control the thoughts we have about it and we can control our response to it. That power is our choice! We focus on taking responsibility and going for our personal best to become leaders and Champions in our relationships with others.
We commit to getting Compassion-Fit by developing and practicing Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills to help us achieve our personal best. Research shows that people who have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills are the ones who are happier and more successful in all areas of life because they will be better equipped to handle and overcome any challenges that come their way by responding to situations from a positive, calmer, more centered space. We commit to nonviolence in our communication and practices. Some of the EQ areas we focus on include:
- Awareness of emotions
- Awareness and cultivation of character traits (EQ) ~ (likes/dislikes; strengths/challenges; “I am…”; cultivating positivity and other EQ traits)
- Awareness of the impact of our own choices in thought, words, and actions ~ (impact on others, and the impact on ourselves)
- Identify when help is needed and who can provide the help ~ (“I am not alone!” “I can get help.”)
- Awareness of the need for regulating, managing, or controlling our own impulses and our own choices in thought, words, and actions
- Awareness and use of emotional regulation and stress reduction tools ~ (including mindfulness and meditation; #flipit
- Resiliency and perseverence
- Social Awareness and Social Relationship Skills
- Awareness of the emotions and perspectives of others
- Awareness of our commonality even when there are differences and diversity in cultures, beliefs, experiences, etc
- Sensitivity to the needs of others through strengthening and cultivation of empathy and compassion
- Demonstrates desire to make a positive contribution through ACTION to affect positive change
- Nonviolent, Compassionate Communication and conflict resolution (“Is it good for me? Is it good for you? Is it good for the planet?”)
- Identify when help is needed and who can provide the help
- Decision-making and Goal-setting
- Decision making
- Positive leadership development
- Pledge, Commitment to contribute to more compassion and peace in thoughts, words and actions (towards self and others) ~ (“I will____.” My Peace Promise and The Compassion-Fit Challenge )
- Service to others ~ contributing to help uplift others through projects for compassion, peace, and kindness – to help make the world a better place beginning with our world at home, at school, and in the community
When we work on the Emotional Intelligence skills for breaking the cycle of bullying and abuse, the skills we cultivate can’t help but impact every area in life. Each student will commit to weekly goals to practice the healthy habits to become leaders who help will make the world a better place, beginning with their world at home and school. We learn to practice nonviolence one caring and courageous choice at a time, one day at a time, to help peace and happiness multiply. This is how we each, in our own way, move our homes, our classrooms, our communities in a direction of peace.
Our “Circles of Compassion” program embraces the different circles of people that we can reach out to and inspire personal growth and change. Be sure to click on our sub-pages:
- with individuals (personal growth)
- at school
- in the home, neighborhood, community
- in the world
Please join our circles to learn and practice how we can contribute to a little more kindness one caring and courageous choice at a time!