James O'Dea, Extended Faculty and Past President of IONS and Former Amnesty International Director launches compellingly original new book that turns stress on its head.

Creative Stress: A Path For Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval, a new book by James O'Dea, has just recently launched and is stirring a buzz in the media for its bold and atypical approach to addressing the age-old issue of Stress.

Marianne Williamson calls Creative Stress "the medicine for our times" and Jean Houston says it is "wildly original and unique".

Indeed, O'Dea delivers an adept message that boldly asks us to take courage and begin to reframe the recurring visitor as something of a teacher, if not a catalyst, and quite possibly the greatest gift of our lives.

The rub, of course, is that we have to shirk off our old thinking, our encased paradigms that say stress is to be avoided, shunned, numbed, dummied-down. Ah, no.

More about the book, and James O'Dea's life and work...

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CAN (Compassionate Action Network) offers toolkit for your city to become a Compassionate City

Affirm the Charter For Compassion. Be the Second City in the US to become an Official City of Compassion. How?

To support the Charter for Compassion, CAN has launched and invites cities around the world to participate in the 10 Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities.

You can launch a campaign in your own City by following 3 simple steps:

  • 1. Ask your Mayor to affirm the Charter for Compassion and proclaim your home a Compassionate City.
  • 2. Meet with citizens, non-profits, educators, youth, and others to decide how your city will support the Charter for Compassion. You're welcome to use the Seattle Campaign model or develop a different approach.
  • 3. Share news, events, ideas, and resources with other cities on the Compassionate Action Network.

Getting Started:

  • 1. If you haven't already done so, sign up for CAN on the Home Page.
  • 2. Join this Compassionate Cities Group and then introduce yourself in the comments section below. Feel free to ask questions!
  • 3. Convene a group of people to discuss how your city might fulfill the ideals outlined in the Charter for Compassion.

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