Compassion Has Power for Healing.
Those who have healed or are healing from emotional or physical wounds are typically
compassionate to others experiencing injury, calamity, or distress. We typically think
of compassion as an external act—we somehow “show” compassion, or we “demonstrate”
compassion. Compassion is an internal feeling and a healing phenomenon that
blossoms forth from us. It’s like flowers blooming, healing others around us and ourselves
Compassion is “the response to the suffering of others that motivates the desire to help.”
Dictionary.com defines it as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is
stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”
There have been times in all our lives when we have felt compassion for another human being or
animal in distress. Every human being has experienced injury, calamity, and distress just by being
born into this World. We are inherently compassionate beings. To be a compassionate person really
does not take any effort or planning; it takes personal responsibility and committed action.
Do You See The Humanity in Others?
How many times have you walked past a homeless person bundled in rags shivering in
the cold without stopping to help? How many times have you switched the channel from a
commercial for non-profit raising funds for emaciated starving children? How many times have
you unconsciously used and thrown away a single-use plastic bag? Millions of pounds ending up
in ocean gyres (garbage dumps) killing millions of birds, fish, and water-bound mammals?
In the face of suffering and distress, we need to first recognize that the other person or
creature injured or in distress is a fellow creation. Together inhabiting this planet with us
deserves our mutual respect and dignity to exist unharmed. Then, from a beingness of personal
responsibility, we can start to make a difference by taking steps, big or small. At LifeQuest
Seminars, we believe that we must step into personal responsibility and take action now. We
have an obligation to ourselves and humanity to heal together through compassion.
Albert Einstein put it this way, “A human being is a part of the whole called the universe,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as
something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This
delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection
for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by
widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty.”
Compassion and Love Exists in Our Hearts
In our true compassionate identities, we are open to connecting and seeing others for the
beautiful, unique fellow beings deserving of our mutual respect and dignity. This revelation
creates the space for compassion and love to exist in our hearts for one another. We can
access and act from authority with our authentic heart.
Life is a journey full of unexpected turns and twists of fate, and one never knows what event
or tragedy is around the corner in the next turn of life. There will come a time in each of our
lives when being shown a little compassion at the right moment will renew our hope. Fully
expressing your compassion, you can provide hope to another. With hope, our souls are
made peaceful. With compassion, we can save the lives of others, including our own.