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Compassion Revolution: The Podcast

Each week we dive into what it means to practice love, compassion and courage and all the hard work of showing up to shape a compassion revolution across healthcare.

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Compassion Revolution – Did you read the morning paper?

Episode 52: Doing The Work Part One

This week Mary declares her white privilege and talks about how she is committing to dismantle it as a daily effort. This podcast is an invitation to white identified listeners to come along on the journey of doing the work of compassion.


Episode 53: Doing The Work Part Two

This is part two in the series Doing The Work. This week Mary introduces us to some of the Black writers and teachers she is learning from. This episode is an invitation to white identified listeners to come along and do the work of compassion.


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Compassion Revolution – Dr James Doty

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Compassion Revolution – Fiona Kerr

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Compassion Revolution – Prof Helen Sanderson

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Compassion Revolution – Shannon Weber

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Love in the arms of strangers

A panel presentation exploring the love and compassion that arises out of tragedy and chaos. Compassion Revolution 2019 featuring Mark Crosweller, Tony Walker and Gill Hicks.

Episode 1: Words That Shimmer

In this episode we meet words that we can carry with us that will help to create a world that is more compassionate, kind and courageous.

Episode 2: Just Like Me

Mary goes to the Ben Quilty exhibition and starts to think about how everyone is learning about life, just like the rest of us.

Episode 3: Showing Up

This week we walk the Connected Hearts labyrinth and wonder about the four steps to compassion.

Episode 4: Moving From Care-Less to Care

This week Mary wonders if we are moving from one epoch to another and invites us to change the world (no biggie).

Episode 5: Compassion Transforms Us

Have you been elevated lately? Compassion is contagious and once we start to see good things happen we want to do more of them. We all want to be just like Jacinda Ardern right now.

Episode 6: Leading and Flourishing

This week Mary gets into how we can enact a wholehearted rebellion just by ‘showing up’ as our true selves in a world that is obsessed with efficiency and rife with burn-out. How we can be compassionate and authentic leaders.

Episode 7: Rudeness is killing us

When we work in an environment characterised by rudeness we actually miss information that is right in front of us. Let’s stamp out rudeness and spread that kindness around.

Episode 8: Self Compassion

What would it be like if we treated ourselves with as much care and respect and love as we would our dearest friends?

Episode 9: Thank You!

Did you know that gratitude boosts self-worth and self-efficacy? People feel happier and more trusting when we express our gratitude to them. Let’s go Good Finding.

Episode 10: Loneliness

Lots of research has shown us really clearly that loneliness can have lots of negative health effects. Loneliness is one of the largest health concerns we face. But what to do?

Episode 11: Grief

Just as surely as we have loved we will grieve. And when it comes into your life it’s like a tsunami isn’t it? This week we look at how we can be our most helpful when others are grieving.

Episode 12: Let’s get this revolution started

This week Mary shares her vision to activate a revolution and tells us what happens when you stop dreaming and start doing (cue: roll up sleeves).

Episode 13: Being Brave

Courage calls to courage everywhere!

This episode we look at the suffragists and the resistance workers all in the name of finding our brave. Oh, and Mary goes to Berlin and buys her foot an ice cream.

Episode 14: Relentless Optimism

Mary got challenged about her positivity and that got her thinking about how we make choices.

Episode 15: Activism

Do you ever feel disheartened? This week Mary remembers that change doesn’t happen like a shot out of a pistol. It happens in all these amazing incremental moments. People lay the ground work and often they don’t see the fruit of their work or they don’t recognise that their work was instrumental.

Episode 16: #realtalk

My friends us the term #realtruth to describe the things we need to say to people that sometimes feel really uncomfortable. Or the things we want to say about ourselves that take extra courage. This week it’s #realtalk

Episode 17: Bridging

As John Powell of the HAAS Institute says “Of all the forces shaping politics and power around the world, perhaps none are more important than our sense of who we are, and who we are becoming.” This week we look at Bridging and Breaking.

Episode 18: The Joy of it All

Serendipity takes over and Mary revisits the idea that joy is the labor by which we make the life we want to live possible. It’s like chopping wood and carrying water.

Episode 19: So grateful my brain is changing

This week on the podcast we discover that being grateful actually changes the molecular structure of our brains. Thanks for that!

Episode 20: Values

Understanding our values is powerful stuff. This week Mary bans the merch and encourages us all to own our values.

Episode 21: Meet My Friends

This week on the podcast we think about the real purpose of friendship and how we can be a generous and reliable friend to ourselves and others.

Episode 22: Post Conference Euphoria

The first Compassion Revolution Conference was last week and Mary is still on cloud 9. In this podcast she listens again to the amazing closing ceremony. Have you heard it ?

Episode 23: Is it love we need?

Everyday in so many ways we create these little temples to love. Mary keeps seeing them everywhere.

Episode 24: Clearing Snow

How do we manage Advantage Blindness, even when we are setting out to clear snow. Nothing is only as we experience it.

Episode 25: Being Me

What’s it like to be you? Mary asks the next question: what’s it like to be on the receiving end of you?

Episode 26: Love and Kindness

Loving Kindness Meditation is Mary’s go-to meditation at airports and shopping centres. Find out how you can send love while you’re doing the shopping.

Episode 27: Recharge OR Endure

There’s a lot said about resilience, most of it wrong. To go the distance we need to recharge not endure. Mary shares a few of her own life-hacks.

Episode 28: It’s me and I’m alive

The joy of being alive! This week we come home to ourselves.

Episode 29: The body is not an apology

What if we practised a new kind of radical self love? Let’s give that a try.

Episode 30: Thirty things I wish I knew 30 years ago

Time flys when you’re a podcast! This week we celebrate our 30th Episode with a little dose of wisdom, Mary style.

Episode 31: Come in from the cold

Mary reflects on self compassion how we might include ourselves in the frame a little more. We get so very good at leaving ourselves out in the cold.

Episode 32: Mind full or mindful

It seems that people are thinking a lot about mindfulness at the moment. But are we all talking about the same thing?

Episode 33: Empathy or compassion

Do you ever feel like you have so much empathy you could burst? Let’s turn some of that empathy into compassion.

Episode 34: Tips for This Time of Year

Around about now everything speeds up and people with a cart load of groceries appear in the ten items or less aisle. This week we practice finding our calm.

Episode 35: Can we Teach Compassion?

The answer to this question is ‘Yes!’ and this week Mary looks at the evidence.

Episode 36: Loving Kindness

It’s a proven fact that practising this little meditation every day for 2 weeks will change your brain. Go on, you know you want to.

Episode 37: Self Compassion

Directing compassion towards ourselves isn’t easy and there are many obstacles. But this week we all need an extra dose. Enjoy!

Episode 38: Showing Up

Mary revisits an earlier episode where we are encouraged to show up for ourselves as much as anyone else.

Episode 39: Compassion is generative

This week we revisit an earlier podcast where we are reminded of the ripple effect that kindness and compassion really have.

Episode 40: Values

This week Mary revisits an episode all about Values. Might be a great time of year to re-think our values.

Episode 41: My House is On Fire

In the midst of a climate emergency, when so much of Australia has been burnt Mary encourages us to take up hope, A hope that is like an axe to break down a door.

Episode 42: Sometimes there is pain

Pain visits everyone. Sometimes she stays for a whole lot longer than we would like. How can we keep loving ourselves through all the pain?

Episode 43: When All The Blocks Fall Down

This episode is all about how we maintain our composure when things get bumpy.

Episode 44: Do Nothing

Mary is reading all about how to do nothing in the attention economy. This week she reminds us that we are human beings not human doings.

Episode 45: Renè and Georgette

Making friends is an essential part of life and there are just so many people and animals and plants and landscapes and seascapes to be friends with.

Episode 46: Rise Up Revolutionaries

This week Mary goes deep in the blanket fortress to tell us all everything our hearts need to hear to get us through the next 6 months.

Episode 47: What’s Love Got To Do With It

This is our once in a lifetime opportunity to really shape the future. What do we want a post-corona world to look like? Let’s talk about the politics of love.

Episode 48: This is not a sprint

This week we go on a hike, instead of sprinting our way through this pandemic we take very deliberate steps with our eyes wide open.

Episode 49: Hello to all the things

Maybe we could sit still for a moment today and say hello to all the changing, rumbling, expansive and contracting things that coronavirus has brought into our lives?

Episode 50: 50 Shades of Grateful

This week Mary celebrates fifty episodes of the Compassion Revolution podcast and offers up 50 things she has come to be grateful for during this global pandemic, including hand sanitiser.

Episode 51: Begin Again

Every day, every hour, every breath we get a chance to begin again. Fresh start.

A revolution calls for people to take action and make change.

This is that call to action.

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Look Into My Eyes | Fiona Kerr: TEDx Northern Sydney Institute

Fiona Kerr will teaches us how part of understanding and valuing the dynamics of human interaction is knowing when it offers advantages over the technology-based interaction which is becoming pervasive in human society. She asks, what is getting in the way, and how do we ensure we connect?

Does it have to take tragedy, or a disaster for us to feel deeply connected as one species?

Gill Hicks AM

True compassion requires empathy: the ability to see the other’s worldview. Sympathy and posturing power plays masquerade as empathy for those looking to check a box. Creating change is much more.

Shannon Weber

Compassionate people ask for what they need. They so no when they need to, and when they say yes they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.

Brené Brown

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Perfectly broken and ready to Heal | Robin Youngson: TEDxTauranga

This video was recorded at TEDx Tauranga, NZ. After 10 years spent trying to effect change in health care systems around the world, Robin Youngson has learned that the key to changing people’s minds, no matter your cause, lies in connecting with, not battling against each other.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

Audre Lorde

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Stress and Compassion with James Doty, MD

In this video Prof James Doty, Clinical professor of Neurosurgery and the the Founder and Director of the Centre for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education talk about the challenges of working in a stressful environment and how understanding the science of compassion can help.

One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive or assertive enough…or maybe because I’m empathetic I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be compassionate and strong.

Jacinda Ardern

What’s the strongest predictor of patient mortality rates? The % of staff working in well structured teams that have clear objectives and that meet regular and whose members work closely and effectively together.

NHS Staff Management and Health Service Quality

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Self–managed Teams: An insider’s story

Prof Helen Sanderson at TEDxUniversityofHertfordshire

Every time we diverge from the taken for granted way of being in the workforce and enact more compassion it is an act of mighty resistance. This is what it means to be a revolutionary.

Mary Freer

It can hurt to go through life with your heart open, but not as much as it does to go through life with your heart closed.

Dr James Doty

Could compassion be the new zeitgeist?

The whole world is watching the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern as she steps up and shows us what Compassionate Leadership looks like. I’ve been curiously pulling this apart over the last week to try and understand what it is about her response that is so generative, so brave and fearless and all at once full of tenderness.

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When you look up at someone you light up their brain and start synchronising with them. And we each have the power to rewire both our brains, and those of the people we interact with.

Dr Fiona Kerr

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Dr Robin Youngson

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Dr Gill Hicks MBE

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Prof Helen Sanderson

We urgently need to build a world where we are supported and encouraged to notice the distress in ourselves and others and act to alleviate that distress with the support from those around us.

Mary Freer

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Shannon Weber

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Be the change you want to see: creating change in healthcare by Mary Freer

This talk was recorded live at Don’t Forget The Bubbles 2017 in Brisbane. Mary Freer discusses compassion in healthcare. Being compassionate means being present, being empathic, and being vulnerable.