Monday, August 18, 2014

Passion for Compassion

The dictionary definition of compassion is, “the sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”  It is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others. Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.

The Dalai Lama has said, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

In my own growth and learning process, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to connect to some wonderful individuals who, in fact, teach the importance, components, and behavioral aspects and practices of compassion.

To observe the powerful ability of compassion, practice seeing everyone as a reflection of yourself.  You only want the best for yourself and others, so you will interact with others in a way that you wish for others to interact with you. 

If someone is in need of comfort, you are there to offer it, and vice versa.  If you see yourself as a constant source of support, love, and comfort (no matter what is occurring in your life), you are well on your way to living a life filled with compassion. 

Once that part is mastered, the practice of compassion can also be extended to those who you would otherwise turn away, such as anyone you consider an adversary, someone for whom you lack respect (or vice versa), someone who disregards you, or someone who does not show compassion towards you.

Compassion is a powerful energy that can be applied to any situation, and your unconditional love (especially when coupled with continual acts of forgiveness) enables you to care for others – regardless of the situation or interaction. When you do this, you are a model for others to extend their offerings of compassion – all without judgment for anyone or anything. Honor all individuals as you would honor your family, friends, children, and yourself.

The same basic truth remains unchanged: We are all here to learn and support each other as we grow, face challenges, and celebrate successes. – together. No need to carry around or hand over unnecessary baggage to others!             

~ If I show compassion for you, then you show compassion for me. ~

*Until next time, bathe yourself and others in compassion, forgiveness, and unending love. These are some of the greatest gifts that you can offer.*

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