Use What You Have*
A new, research-backed take on the power of compassion. Not fluffy. Not nice-to-have. Not kindness, even. No. This is compassion as a revolutionary act. A swath through bullying, blaming and exclusionary workplaces. A full stop to the many destructive practices that drive down the quality of work performance and wear away our mental wellbeing. This book exists so new ways can be paved.
SUMA: The four steps to Compassion
We know that compassion makes moral and economic sense but how do we practise it and maintain our joy and care for ourselves?
In Chapter Two of Mary’s book mentioned just above, you will discover a simple four-step process called SUMA to help you understand how compassion works. With practice, these steps will become your default response in times of happiness and distress.
Where we live
We live and work on the Adelaide Plains, the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Always was, always will be.
People would be forgiven if they thought Compassion Revolution was based in Naarm (Melbourne), but our heartland is in Adelaide, South Australia. We deliver our work all over Australia and New Zealand. It is our goal however to more deeply build connection with our place here in South Australia.
We acknowledge the generosity of nature and the role it plays in our wellbeing. The environment is a part of us, and caring for it, is caring for ourselves. We see that we need a stronger connection with the land as climate change will greatly impact our health.
During the conference in 2023, we invited people to ‘cloak’ their heavy things with the promise of composting of the notes left behind. As soon as the compost has broken down we’re planting a Myrtle wattle (Acacia myrtifolia) (look at all those little pops of optimism!) to demonstrate where our roots are, and where our community is a part of what we grow.
A small catalogue of daily gratitudes
I can’t thank you enough. I felt more affirmed that I am on the right path than I have felt in years. I felt as though I belonged and that I wasn’t the only one ‘going on’ about the issue of compassion in healthcare.
Physician in General Medicine
Mary Freer is a marvel: the way she brings people together to imagine new futures for healthcare is filled with energy, curiosity and joy. Mary leads from a deep understanding of healthcare as a human system. As a consumer and as a researcher I value Mary’s commitment to good evidence, and to achieving change that puts people first.
University of Wollongong
Mary is a visionary, transformative and inclusive leader who inspires and amplifies the leadership and learning of others through her work, events, and training. In a time of Covid-19 pandemic Mary was able to rapidly respond and cultivate a community of practice that facilitated deep learning and shifts in resources, mindsets and priorities to provide support and attention where it was most needed.
Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment Program
The Asia Foundation
Mary Freer is the real deal. She transformed the way I conceptualise compassion: a muscular structure of strength best tended to with attention and delight. Anything Mary leads is a “YES PLEASE!” fri me.
Author of Show Up Hard: A Roadmap for Helpers in Crisis
Mary has been our fairy godmother, sprinkling compassion over everything she does. Whether it is conducting one-on-one interviews with Hollywood stars, facilitating small group workshops, or hosting large events she makes sure the audience knows that it is never about her, but about us, and how we can all be more compassionate
Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mary is a force of nature. Her drive, passion and vision for a more compassionate world is both inspiring and practically informative. I deeply value my work with Mary, and I’m energised and learn from her every time we talk.
Director, Future Social Service Institute
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