If your compassion does not
include yourself, it
people may try to stop you from following the correct path
they can never divert you from correct behavior. Just make
they don't force you to lose compassion toward them.
time you encounter someone in pain, don't just wince and
pass by with a shrug. Hurting people need a bit of color
their dark places, and they need to remember the promise that
is with them right where they are. Where rainbows grow,
angels sing and courage becomes contagious. You can be
a rainbow gardener by opening your heart
even if you're in pain yourself.
I'm bewildered and overwhelmed, I seek the gentle
guidance of a person I know will respond with compassion.
Life is complicated enough without having to listen to
the caustic remarks of someone's misdirected strength.
we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient
beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning,
almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness
of each moment and each being, and from this can
grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone
can criticize. It takes a true believer to be
No greater burden can be borne by an individual than
to know no one cares or understands.
human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a
limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts
feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of
illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison
restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only
the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free
from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace
all living beings and all of nature.
compassion flows fast, as if we were wounded ourselves,
yet without diminishing our strength.
is not religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is
essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for
human survival. -the
develop true compassion, first we must know that
suffering is real, and that sufferings hurt.
of the journey is compassion. When you have come past all the pairs of
opposites you have reached compassion.
awareness of our feelings we cannot experience compassion. How can we
share the sufferings and the joys of others if we cannot experience our
own? -Gary Zukav
When we see ourselves as we truly are--divinely
perfect human beings
struggling to live out the gifts of spirituality--we have an
to crack open the door of compassion a bit. When we can
see that we fumble, we make mistakes, or that we are (if only
faintly and occasionally!)
aware of a goodness within us that we do not always know how to
express, we start
to be aware of feelings of compassion for ourselves. Once we
are aware of compassion
for ourselves, it is only a very short step to begin to feel
compassion for others. -Anne Wilson Schaef
whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness
of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all
of one another, and all involved in one another.
The joy that
compassion brings is one of the best-kept secrets
of humanity. It is a secret known only to a very few people,
a secret that has to be rediscovered over and over again.
-Henri J.M Nouwen
children show signs of being afraid, such as crying and hiding,
we do our best to comfort them. We hug them,
and we try to calm them down. We give them our sympathy and
our love. When an adult shows signs of fear, though, in the form of rudeness
or obnoxiousness, we respond by trying to put that person in
his or her place. We have little sympathy, and we often feel
hurt or diminished by that person's actions or words. Have you ever seen someone act in a way that was hurtful,
and then found out later that something drastic, such as
the death of a loved one, had just happened to that person? Once we have an explanation for the behavior,
it's not just acceptable, but understandable.
we can only truly serve those we are willing to touch, not only
with our hands but with our hearts and even our souls.
has embedded in service a sense of difference, a certain distance.
But on the deepest level, service is an experience of belonging,
of connection to others and to the word around us. It is
this connection that
gives us the power to bless the life in others. Without it, the life in them would not respond to us.
value has compassion that does not
take its object in its arms?
Nothing helps us build our perspective more
compassion for others. Compassion is a sympathetic
feeling. It involves the willingness to put yourself in someone
to take the focus off yourself and to imagine what it's
like to be
in someone else's predicament, and simultaneously, to feel
for that person. It's the recognition that other
their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our
far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to
offer some assistance,
we open our own hearts and greatly enhance our sense of
Rest assured that, generally speaking, others are
acting in exactly the same
manner that you would under exactly the same circumstances.
Hence, be kind,
understanding, empathetic, compassionate, and loving.
-Gary W. Fenchuk
the most loving
thing we can do when
a friend is in pain is
to share the pain--to be
there even when we have
nothing to offer
our presence and even when
being there is painful to
ourselves. -M. Scott Peck
am compassionate. I allow my heart and imagination to
embrace the difficulties
and concerns of others. While maintaining my own balance, I
find it within myself
to extend sympathy, attention, and support. When they are
grieved, I listen with
openness and gentle strength. I offer loyalty, friendship,
and human understanding. Without undermining or enabling, I aid and assist others to find
I allow the healing power of the Universe to flow through me,
soothing the hearts and feelings of those I encounter.
springs from a mind and heart deeply rooted in
simplicity, integrity, and a profound understanding of the
interconnected nature of all life. Compassion is a
quality of heart we cultivate, nurture, and refine. It is
through the falling away of the layers of fear, resistance, and
that have the power to veil the innately compassionate
challenge may not be so much one of becoming more compassionate,
but one of learning to let go of the clouds of confusion that
obscure the powerful compassion within us.
is both teacher and student.
When we show it, we teach it to others.
When we feel it, we learn how it heals.
Anyone who does not exercise compassion is
ignorant of the reality
that everyone needs it at some time in life; or we forget that
has blessed us with compassion at a time when we needed it.
-Joseph M. Marshall III
we make our goal to live a life of compassion
and unconditional love, then the world
will indeed become a garden where all
kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
cannot but have reverence for all that is called life. I
cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life.
That is the beginning and foundation of
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