Photo Credit: M.K.
In essence we all have the ability to be compassionate, yet often we are so entwined in our daily lives, doing all the things we ‘think’ are important, that we don’t see what’s going on around us.
We don’t see the child with no shoes, her toes the colour of a bruised aubergine.
We don’t see the elderly man who struggles to keep his balance while juggling his walking stick and bag full of groceries, and trying to open his car door.
We see a friend share their difficult situation in a Facebook post, feel for them and continue scrolling down.
It’s true, we can’t be there for everyone in every instance and all of the time, yet every little bit of caring counts. Each of us can make a marked difference… always… and it starts with our thoughts which filters through to our actions.
How do we cultivate compassion?
While we may not have the surplus funds to assist that young girl with a new pair of shoes, we may have enough to purchase socks. Failing this, a simple smile from our heart to the mother to let her know we care will encourage her to reciprocate. Smiling makes us feel good.
We may not think we have the time to assist that elderly man into his car and believe someone else will come to his rescue. Yet, what if no one did and he fell? Offering assistance to another human being, animal, or plant, is in effect a reflection of how much we love self.
A friend in need is probably the trickiest of all. We understand it is their journey and their quip with the world around them. While we may care we don’t wish to be drawn into their drama, yet we can still make a difference by sending them our loving thoughts… closing our eyes and seeing them laughing or smiling, appearing healthy and at peace.
It’s always helpful to put self in another persons shoes. Once done, ask, ‘How would I wish to be treated?’
It’s not all about being there for others.
“If we are to make a difference in this world we must first be present to self” ~ TWEET THIS!
Cultivating compassion is about feeling into our heart and allowing the love that resides here to expand, so that all around us—people, places and things feel and receive the flow-on effect.
One way we can learn more about being compassionate is to join in Deepak Chopra’s 2nd Annual Global Meditation for Compassion July 11th 2015 – that’s 2am EST for us in Australia on the 12th July. Click here to join.
How does one meditate?
Sit in a comfortable position where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you are warm and hydrated. Then simply close your eyes and focus on your natural breath. If you find your mind is busy, imagine the thoughts coming in via a conveyer belt and continuing on out again.
What’s in it for you and me?
Can you imagine the impact this shared collective energy will have? As we are all connected and come from the same source, it will be felt worldwide and have a multitude of positive effects, for example, feeling more peaceful.
“Be world-wise and share your compassion world-wide” ~ TWEET THIS!
I’m taking a stand for compassion. Will you?
For my Australian friends, set your own time to cultivate compassion if 2am doesn’t suit.
Once you’ve done it write about anything that you may have seen or felt. I’d love to read about your experience here in the comments below.
Write to Heal and make your mark!
Leanda Michelle ♥