Compassion involves an “ inside- out” movement. Each of the practices of compassion presented this week holds the possibility of changing how we think, how we respond emotionally, and what choices we make in regard to others and our planet. We cannot accomplish this transformation on our own. Only with divine love empowering us and a daily renewal of intention will we be insistent and persistent in our efforts to live in a compassionate manner.. we will need a trustful patience.
Consider four seeds as symbols of the 4 main spiritual qualities necessary for compassion’s growth: non-judgement, non-violence, forgiveness and mindfulness. The more these seeds are nurtured the greater the harvest of compassion. We plant the seeds of compassion by being aware of our thoughts and feelings, and by the deliberate intention to think and respond in a kindhearted manner. I invite you to focus on each of these during the rest of the week.
What do you do with your thoughts and feelings? Do they run rampant all day without being tended? Do they move your heart toward loving- kindness?
Which do you find most difficult to live ? What makes this challenging for you? How might you approach this so it becomes less difficult?