What’s All This About Compassion Anyway?

Greetings to you this week. I have been looking forward to writing this post for the past few days, as I have been experiencing a lot of personal re-organization internally. All of my posts actually come from what I am learning each week, so it’s a privilege to share with you.

Before I move on to that, I want to bring to your attention something new on my website. I have added onto each page the opportunity to click “Like” for your Facebook page, to Tweet, and to Share via email and many other avenues.
If you like what you read and/or if you think of someone you want to share a post or resource with, then I invite you to please do so. It’s my vision to reach as many people as possible with inspiration, and I rely on word of mouth for much of that. Thank you!

I am hoping I can put into words what I keep getting fuller glimpses of. Compassion. Okay, so what? Compassion. We have heard this word a million times, and I would say we tend to trivialize or minimize the profound power of living a compassionate life….or even a compassionate MOMENT!

I read this quote the other day:

“As we unconditionally express compassion, it intuitively chooses its own way to administer its care based on a sensitive attunement to the higher need of the whole. When pure compassion is not tethered to our agendas, it weaves its magic, sometimes visibly yet often unseen, but never wasted as it nurtures all within its radiance.”

Join me for a moment in considering what our world, what your family, what your workplace could look like if we all just practiced even 10% more compassion for others and ourselves. Imagine if each day we chose to see “the other” through the lens of “they are doing their very best”.

Now I am serious here…..take a moment, quit reading, and just imagine this. Imagine this in the relationships and situations that are most important to you.
“They are doing their very best.” No ifs, ands or buts, just as is. Ummmmm.

I know for one, I would be more patient. More understanding. Kinder. Gentler. Filled with appreciation. I am pretty sure the minute I choose compassion I would feel love instead of judgment, peace instead of anger, rest instead of defense. Actually I know I would because that is what I have experienced this past week.

As I practice compassion for others, guess what is being produced? I am realizing that the things I get upset about or frustrated about are actually mostly about me. They are my deal, my stuff to work through.

Before compassion, I often related as if the other person were creating my pain, my heartache, and my frustration, and the more I dove into “They are doing their very best” the more I was enlightened to my own “shadow” and to my own need for healing.

It’s been crazy and wonderful. I’ve discovered places in me that needed the touch of love that truly I had no idea about. I’ve discovered places I needed to surrender and release and accept. I’ve plunged into the depths and also soared like an eagle. And guess what has also transpired?

SELF-COMPASSION!!

I have had the opportunity to see myself as doing my very best also. Wow. And it all started with choosing compassion instead of all the alternatives.

There is a lot more on this subject to inquire into, a lot further we could delve into the arena of self-compassion and compassion for others. And for now, I’ll leave you with this to experiment with. The next time you encounter thinking and feeling towards another that is angry, judgmental, critical, or blaming, pick up COMPASSION, shift your perspective, and believe they are doing their very best in life and with you. Not that more or different will never be available, but in that moment they are doing their best. Choose that and see what happens.

And please please practice this on yourself……you will be amazed at the results.

Let me know how it goes!

Be Free,
Julie

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