The vision of oneness naturally leads to compassionate action and service of humanity because we see the pain and joy of others as our own. Just as we are instinctively inclined to care for our own body when it is injured, so one who is awake cannot resist caring for others. —Ellen Grace . . .
Our world is crying out for compassion. Can you hear it? What would happen if compassion began with us, I wonder? Would it make a difference? I think it would. Compassion is like a bright sun, lighting up the worlds around us. So when I found this Compassion exercise in an Avatar brochure, . . .
Compassion: the wish to see others free from suffering. Say what you will about politics. The thing that has me completely flummoxed is how many Americans are completely compassionless. How can this be true? I ask myself. But the support for pulling back on our most compassionate social . . .
This is a tough time of year for many people, especially those who felt left out of the holiday celebration, maybe because of depression, or family problems or something else. When you feel left out, it doesn't much matter why. Or what time of year. But this time of year can be the hardest. The . . .
The realization that another person wishes to harm and hurt you can not undermine genuine compassion--a compassion based on the clear recognition of that person as someone who is suffering, who has the natural and instinctive desire to seek happiness and overcome suffering, just like . . .
Life is often mysterious, with no rhyme or reason. Some people come into the world and lead what to all appearances is a charmed life. Storybook. The stuff of fairy tales. Others are destined to live in quiet misery. Or not so quiet. They're challenged from the get-go -- or certainly not that . . .
My father could be a difficult man. No, I'm not going to detail how and when or why--for this story it's enough to say that he could be difficult and we had a pretty contentious relationship well into my adulthood. I thought him a fearsome figure. But. Our relationship has strengthened . . .
It's a WTF kind of world. You know what I mean. WTF seems to be the only response to some of the things that happen in our world. A journalist gets beheaded. WTF?? An airplane completely disappears without a trace. A beloved funnyman takes his own life. The Gaza Strip. Joan Rivers' . . .
Do it Anyway, an Inspirational Poem by Kent Keith and popularized by Mother Teresa People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false . . .
The Golden Rule--doing unto others as you would have them do to you-- is a major tenet of Christianity. It is quoted all the time. But how often is it practiced? Look around. Doing unto others seems to be...ignored....these days. And yet: Well, now, look at this. Judaism holds the same . . .