Through our Reflections series we share nuggets of wisdom from our ongoing research for the Holstee Membership as well as personal experiences that have changed how we see the world.
August 28, 2017

The radicalism of our time.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

​- Pema Chödrön

Compassion goes beyond just having pity for someone (sympathy) or even being able to feel someone else’s pain (empathy).

Compassion is when we sense such a pain and are motivated to actively alleviate it.

The Dalai Lama XIV notably said, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

I think he’s right.

It seems like we’re constantly bombarded with news of our differences — our political differences, our religious differences, our gender and racial and ethnic differences. Sometimes, it seems like these differences are insurmountable. But what if instead of focusing on what made us different, we sought instead to understand? To try to see if there’s pain behind the different views and, if so, to try to actively alleviate it?

If there was ever an opportunity to bring society forward, it would make sense for compassion to be the most effective tool for getting us there.

We’re in this together.

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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January 07, 2018

Life goals.

“Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We're proud of you for having them. But it's possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that's really frightening you — the shift in daily habits that would mean a re–invention of how you see yourself.” - Seth Godin I was recently reflecting on what success looks like in my life. If I were to die in a week, a year, or a few decades, what would it take for me to be able to say, “Well, I did it — I accomplished everything I wanted. I lived a...


October 17, 2017


These days, I am finding myself wrapped up in the news — devastating tragedies, one after another.

My mind is filled with questions. Why would someone do this? How could it be possible? Why does it keep happening? What can be done now? The questions don’t seem to end.

I recently reached a point at which I was



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