Welcome!  First of all I would like to say thank you! I am so excited to have you all taking part with me in this amazing journey of spreading compassion.

Boo 🙂

 

 

Over the next week you will:

 

  • look at yourself and how you engage currently in compassion.

 

  • Learn some activities to help you feel more compassion for yourself.

 

  • Practice compassionate acts with yourself and others.

 

  • Write and share about your experience.

 

Remember there is no right or wrong.  We are all at different places in our path of compassion.  You will do what works for you now.  Be compassionate with yourself about not needing perfection, but finding your place.

 

 

 

Benefits“Why develop compassion in your life? Well, there are scientific studies that suggest there are physical benefits to practicing compassion — people who practice it produce 100 percent more DHEA, which is a hormone that counteracts the aging process, and 23 percent less cortisol — the “stress hormone.”

But there are other benefits as well, and these are emotional and spiritual. The main benefit is that it helps you to be more happy, and brings others around you to be more happy. If we agree that it is a common aim of each of us to strive to be happy, then compassion is one of the main tools for achieving that happiness. It is therefore of utmost importance that we cultivate compassion in our lives and practice compassion every day.” Leo Babauta

 

Compassion is a nondenominational act.  One does not need to practice a religion to practice compassion.  However for those who do have a religious faith compassion is found at the core of most world religions.  Here are just a few examples:

 

1 Peter 4:8-9

8: “Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. 9: Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless–cheerfully.”

 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. Mother Teresa

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari)

 

The Bible, 1 John 3:18 NRSV
Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Jews are compassionate children of compassionate ancestors, and one who is not compassionate cannot truly be a descendant of our father Abraham.

-Talmud, Beitzah 32b

 

 

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

Confucius quotes (China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, 551-479 BC)

 

The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code, or morality that essentially states the following:

  • (Positive form): One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.           Wikipidia

 

 

A first step toward compassion is to realize another is suffering.  I believe if we are to fully  practice the art of compassion we need to recognize our own suffering.  So many of us have learned to cover our suffering and pain with alcohol, food, shopping, work, anger…..the list goes on and on.  If we can find our own pain and feelings we have a better understanding of what we are trying to elevate in others.

When we work on compassion for our selves it is not for selfishness or greed.  We are teaching ourselves to feel, not to cover up feelings with outside sources, and then we will better understand the feelings and pain of others.  Our goal is not to becomes self centered, but to find parts of ourselves that we can open up to share with others.

 

 

 

Activity One:

Sit quietly alone.  Breath deep and slow.  Picture yourself as a child.  Imagine you are a suffering child.  Perhaps this child is hungry, hurt, scared and alone.  See the pain and emotions this child is feeling.  Now try to feel how you naturally feel empathy and want to help a poor suffering child.   Remember this child is you.  Go to the young you and comfort yourself.  Feel the deep feeling in your body of love and compassion.  Help elevate this child’s suffering.

 

Now practice this in your life.  When you find yourself thinking a bad thought about yourself, (Dumb me I lost something, I said something rude…etc) instead of those thoughts find your compassion for yourself.

 

Please share any thoughts or examples on this blog or at  facebook.com/TheLightofCompassion page.

 

If you feel like you have found compassion for you then take the next steps for compassion to others.

 

Activity Two:

 

Sit quietly alone.  Breath deep and slow. Imagine that a loved one is suffering. Something terrible has happened to him or her. Now try to imagine the pain they are going through. Imagine the suffering in as much detail as possible. Imagine ways you would offer compassion to this person.

 

Now try this one in real life.  When a love one is in pain find your compassion for them.  When you are ready you can expand this to others who are not dear to you.

 

Please share any thoughts or examples here or on facebook.com/TheLightofCompassion page.

 

Activity Three:

 

Commit purposeful acts of compassion each day.  A smile, give food to a hungry person, a hug, forgive someone, don’t react to a different point of view listen instead,  open a door, visit a lonely person, or some other act of compassion done in love will help you build your compassion muscles!