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Know that these mala beads are made by a Vet with PTSD in hopes of bringing awareness to and raising money for other Vets...with or without PTSD. Money raised through the Mala for Vets iniative supports Veterans Yoga missions like Mindful Yoga Therapy, VETOGA, Connected Warriors, Warriors Ascent, The Sparta Project and the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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I am on a year-long Pursuit of Compassion.  I hope you will join me.  I would also love hearing about your journey.  Send me an email:  malaforvets@gmail.com   _()_NAMASTE  -- Chris


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Its stories like this that just make your heart melt.  Cayden Taipalus is an 8-year old boy with compassion.  He was sad when he found out several of his classmates could not have a hot lunch because they had negative balances on their accounts.  So...he took action!  

Well...I was a Warrior!  My station in life, my dhrama was to be a Warrior.  WAIT A SECOND!  How can I be both a Warrior and a compassionate person?  How can I play a pivotal role in the destruction of physical property, ideology, and even...human life...and still live a life worthy of living?  A life of love and loving.  A life instep with that which I believe to be true.  

The fact of the matter is that the exact number is irrelevant. Knowing that communication is specifically 75% nonverbal or 90% nonverbal holds no practical applications. The important part is that most communication is nonverbal. In fact, nonverbal behavior is the most crucial aspect of communication. - Blake from The NonVerbal Group

Bad days aren't only associated with being attacked...physically!  Sometimes we are mentally or even spiritually attacked.  These attacks sometimes come in the form of a pill, a drink, or thoughts.  Often times when we have a relapse to bad habits, or past trauma, we consider it a bad day.  These bad days can turn into bad weeks...maybe longer.  

Despite the smile, somewhat groomed hair and potentially dapper beard...Its hard not to be a little sad inside.  There is much pain in my life.  I suffer from PTS. There are a handful of tumors now claiming real estate in my brain.  There is a growth on my skull. My hearing is starting to go south.  My memory is shot!  If I had a dollar every time someone told me, "I just told you..." I would be a millionaire. 

Compassion is an emotional manifestation.  The mind generates a thought which manifests into an emotion (which readily transmits into some form of physical response).  

For me, compassion is: Not forcing people to apologize for who they are, but recognizing that goodness and darkness lives in each of us. All of us have times of great heart, lightness, brilliance, and an abundant goodness. Conversely, we each travel through sorrow, hopelessness, rage and utter darkness. 

Compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. Some research has shown that when we feel compassion our heart rate slows down. We secrete the "bonding hormone" oxytocin and regions of the brain linked to empathy and caregiving are stimulated and a warmth of good feelings " light up".