Compassion is a powerful form of healing. Those who have healed or are healing from 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. In actuality, compassion is an internal feeling and a phenomenon of healing which blossoms forth from us, like flowers blooming, healing others around us and ourselves in unison.
Wikipedia defines compassion as, “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, so 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.
Ask yourself, “How many times have I walked past a homeless person bundled in rags shivering in the cold without stopping to help?” “How many times have I switched the channel from a commercial for a non-profit raising funds for emaciated starving children?” “How many times have I just unconsciously used and thrown away a single use plastic bag that ends up in the gigantic ocean gyres (garbage dumps) eventually killing millions of birds, fish and water bound mammals who ingest this plastic each year?”
In the face of suffering and distress, all we need to do is to first recognize that the other person or creature injured or in distress is a fellow creation inhabiting this planet with us that 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. We at LifeQuest Seminars believe that it is imperative that we 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.”
When we are integrous and aligned with our true compassionate identities then we are open to connect and to see others for the beautiful, unique fellow beings that are deserving of our mutual respect and dignity. This revelation creates the space for compassion and love to exist in our heart 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, and we can can save lives. With compassion, we can save the lives of others, including our own.