Compassion Project Feb 2020

3950213085?profile=RESIZE_710xOur current theme for our classes is focused on Compassion -- The practice of Compassion.  Compassion in our actions, our thoughts, our communication, towards ourselves, each other, and the community.  Compassion and its relatives of respect, kindness, and empathy make a huge impact in all areas of our lives.  

In the field of positive psychology, practicing compassion for oneself and others has found that it leads to increased happiness, decreased depression, better social interactions, and improved relationships.  If you are interested in learning more here is a great link  

The worksheet is posted here for you all to fill out. Once it is filled out kids will get their blue tip on their belt.  It is required for children to have the tip in order to test on the next belt test.  If your child is a pre-k dragon and cannot write they can make a drawing, or a video, of their ideas about compassion, and the actions they are taking.  

Adults and teens (compassion is certainly not just for kids after all).  We all benefit from a personally more compassionate community, relationships, and perhaps most importantly, self-compassion.  What about our thoughts, self-talk, or behaviors towards ourself, or our performance, could they be more compassionate?  

Some of our students have said that doing these projects as a family, or a team, makes it more fun.  I know that others have said having the conversation itself can be impactful even on its own.  Certainly anyone is welcome to participate, whether they are current students or not.  



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About the Author:
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts. She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling. She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect. Respect for oneself, others, and the community.

(MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 24 years on the island in 2021. MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu that engenders physical and psychological growth, respect, courage, community activism and leadership.

MIMA has programs for families to practice side by side, as well as adult, teen, and children's classes. Also offers before and after school, and summer camp programs for kids.

You can contact through email:; calling 206 230-9050.

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