(Scroll down to see the Charter for Compassion for Cornwall, signed November 2014)
Creating a united community of individuals and organizations committed to supporting each other to live compassionately.
Supporting and encouraging greater understanding, appreciation and celebration of diversity.
Building positive relationships, by addressing loneliness, facilitating social inclusion and responsibility and supporting the progression of restorative approaches to harm throughout our communities.
Goals & objectives:
To identify and unite individuals, groups, organizations, businesses and institutions already working compassionately in Cornwall and encourage active participation in a county-wide movement to facilitate compassion.
To facilitate an understanding of the power of compassionate action for positive change and model and teach the practice of compassion towards self and others.
To build a culture that firmly embraces and celebrates diversity.
To inspire and support Cornwall's young people, through education and personal development, to recognize the need to live compassionately and take action to do so.
To address loneliness and isolation, reaching out to those who feel excluded and helping them to find a valued place within our communities.
To provide a sense of empathy with the wider global community and responsibility for the well-being of those in need.
To highlight our collective responsibility to care for our environment and to provide education and training in environmental awareness and sustainable living.
To compassionately address issues around death, dying and bereavement and the people they affect.
Hope in the Heart CIC is the lead organization for Compassionate Cornwall and one of over 40 Charter Partners now registered in Cornwall.
THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION FOR CORNWALL
By signing the Charter for Compassion for Cornwall, I agree that I will, to the best of my ability:
Become an active member of the growing international network striving to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world, and represent Cornwall in encouraging and modelling Compassionate Action.
In order to do this I make a commitment to:
Actively and consistently do what I can to restore the principles of The Golden Rule (“Always treat others as you would wish to be treated”) to the centre of our communities, and, further, endeavour to treat others as they would wish to be treated wherever possible.
Reject any rule or doctrine that breeds violence, hatred or disdain.
Refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain, acting or speaking violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, impoverishing, exploiting or denying basic rights to anybody, and inciting hatred by denigrating others—even those considered enemies.
Model and encourage respect towards other lifestyles, traditions, religions and cultures, and a positive appreciation of diversity.
Cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings –even those who may be regarded as enemies.
Recognise that, while the actions of some others may be unacceptable to me, I cannot know the circumstances that may have led to such actions, and:
Strive to separate the unacceptable action from the human being and seek restorative approaches to create solutions.
Do my best to transcend selfishness, actively seeking continual progress in this area, whilst showing self-compassion in accepting that I may not always achieve perfection.
Set an example of Compassion in Action, modelling the “Progress, not Perfection” journey of any human being working for positive change, and encouraging and accepting the same in others.
Reach out in friendship and empathy to those who are lonely or marginalised, recognising our common humanity and need for connection, and encouraging others to do the same.