4 Ways to Practice Compassion in a Pinch

Personal-growth guru and former professional snowboarder Katie Brauer shares her four-step plan for connecting with empathy—even when others try your patience.
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Here are 4 Ways to be more compassionate when stress and other triggers try your patience.

Here are 4 Ways to be more compassionate when stress and other triggers try your patience.

When someone cuts you off on the highway, is your initial reaction to let them speed away or to show them as much of your middle finger as possible? Coming out of any confrontation (road rage included) with a cool head boils down to learning to tune into compassion—and just like reflexes, compassion can be trained.

Meet Katie Brauer, your new compassion trainer. A former professional athlete and yoga entrepreneurship leader with more than 10,000 hours in yoga certifications, Brauer developed the Yoga Professional, a six-month online immersion business school for independent yoga teachers that merges the personal growth and business development necessary for success. Bottom line: She’s well practiced when it comes to marrying mindfulness with practicality. Here, Brauer outlines her approach to practicing compassion like a champ in four basic steps.

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About the Author
San Diego–based journalist Hannah Lott-Schwartz tells stories for National Geographic Traveler, in-flight magazines on United and Delta airlines, Sierra, and others.