Mindful Spotlight

September - Tolerance

The definition of tolerance is the ability or willingness to acknowledge something that is different than your personal beliefs. More specifically, the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
Tolerance allows the development of an environment where differing attitudes, opinions, practices, cultures and religions can be practiced and shared without fear. Education clears the path to tolerance.

  • "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."

    ~ Dalai Lama

  • “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."

    ~ John F. Kennedy

  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.”

    ~ Hellen Keller

  • “Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”

    ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons."

    ~ Jessica Lange

  • "Love is not just tolerance. It's not just distant appreciation. It's a warm sense of, 'I am enjoying the fact that you are you.'"

    ~ N. T. Wright

  • "You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance."

    ~ W. Somerset Maugham

  • "Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his 
 views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population."

    ~ Albert Einstein

  • "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools"

    ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


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Tolerance & Education: Learning To Live with Diversity and Difference by W. (William) Paul Vogt

What is tolerance and how does it differ from prejudice and discrimination? Is tolerance something that can be learned and therefore taught? Through well articulated discussions, Vogt explores these questions and addresses such issues as: can people be prepared to cope with diversity and equality; how much tolerance is wise and what in particular should be tolerated; what are the direct and indirect ways in which attitudes and values are learned; and do different types of tolerance require educational processes unique for each type?

Anger Kills: Seventeen Strategies for Controlling the Hostility That Can Harm Your Health by Dr Redford Williams

Anger kills. We’re speaking here not about the anger that drives people to shoot, stab, or otherwise wreak havoc on their fellow humans. We mean instead the everyday sort of anger, annoyance, and irritation that courses through the minds and bodies of many perfectly normal people. Not tomorrow, perhaps, or even the day after, but sooner than most of us would wish, your hostility is more likely to harm your health than will be the case for your friend whose personality is not tinged by the tendencies to cynicism, anger, and aggression just described.

That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships by Deborah Tannen

At once eye-opening, astute, and vastly entertaining, Tannen's classic work on interpersonal communication will help you to hear what isn't said and to recognize how your personal conversational style meshes or clashes with others. It will give you a new understanding of communication that will enable you to make the adjustments that can save a conversation . . . or a relationship.

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson

Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain— balancing its ancient negativity bias—making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff

Picture yourself trapped in a traffic jam feeling utterly calm. Imagine being unflappable and relaxed when your supervisor loses her temper. What if you were peaceful instead of anxious? What if your life were filled with nurturing relationships and a warm sense of belonging? This is what it feels like when you’ve achieved emotional freedom.


Marc Elliot - Inspirational Video on Tolerance

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