Needs

In compassionate thinking, it helps to see needs as more than the things we can't live without (food, shelter, clothing, medical care). We can think of them as all our wants, desires and preferences: The things we want for a happier and/or more meaningful experience.

Throughout the course, we will work on refining, defining and getting clarity about what needs are, how we can choose to see and work with them and ultimately enrich our relationship to them.

Although we have different needs in differing amounts at different times, if you think about it, they're universal in all of us. It's this universality of experience can help us to see one another in a compassionate view... as fellow humans, just like us.

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AUTONOMY
choice
dignity
freedom
independence
self-expression
space
spontaneity

CONNECTION
acceptance
affection
appreciation
authenticity
belonging
care
closeness
communication
communion
community
companionship
compassion
consideration
empathy
friendship
inclusion
inspiration
integrity
intimacy
love
mutuality
nurturing
partnership
presence
respect/self-respect
security
self-acceptance
self-care

CONNECTION(continued)
self-connection
self-expression
shared reality
stability
support
to know and be known
to see and be seen
trust
understanding
warmth

MEANING
awareness
celebration
challenge
clarity
competence
consciousness
contribution
creativity
discovery
efficiency
effectiveness
growth
integration
integrity
learning
mourning
movement
participation
perspective
presence
progress
purpose
self-expression
stimulation
understanding

PEACE
acceptance
balance
beauty
communion
ease
equanimity
faith
harmony
hope
order
peace-of-mind
space

PHYSICAL
WELL-BEING
air
care
comfort
food
movement/exercise
rest/sleep
safety (physical)
self-care
sexual expression
shelter
touch
water

PLAY
adventure
excitement
fun
humor
joy
relaxation
stimulation