It wouldn't hurt to use authoritative definitions or references instead of Wikipedia.
I love this article and just reposted it on my Facebook page, Compassion Haiku. One of the things I like is that it provides concrete, tangible ways to build a practice. Another
is the focus on a daily practice. If we want compassion to be our default nature, it stands to reason that we exercise it every day, all the time.
Last year I wrote, Compassion Haiku - Daily insights and practices for developing compassion for yourself and for others. I originally wrote it for myself to develop practices to build my self-compassion and then compassion for others. I invite you to consider it as another means of intentionally cultivating your compassion. An excerpt can be found here: http://amzn.to/14H2hCD
i love this. i belong to an organization that have compassion as its charism. i think this is very helpful to me.
Great suggestions, but only if one is ready to practice such techniques. I personally have found it more appropriate to be more open and compassionate to myself and whatever comes up naturally (particularly feelings of unease, irritation, anger). I found before I used to practice meditation and this practice would actually focus on avoiding what I was actually feeling.
Just thought I'd share my experience which might be useful for others.
Peace and joy to you.
My estranged brother just contacted me to tell me he is probably dying of cancer of the liver or cirrhosis of the liver (his words - I find it strange he doesn't know exactly what is wrong). He says he needs a transplant. He is a long term (nearly 40 years) drug user. He has always been very manipulative and self oriented. I am having a hard time being compassionate toward him. I told him that I am sorry to hear he is ill but that is all that I can do. I am a single working mom with one child in college and another going in a year. I don't have time or energy to deal with my brother but I still feel bad. I practice all the 7 steps above but wonder if compassion can be taken too far. I can't get this out of my head right now.
I also believe that the heart of compassion is to get rid of other people's suffering,and most of the time you only help them with only what you are good at or don't suffer from.For some reasons we develop compassion to keep those heart heart loves happy and next to us as mentioned.According to me and my experience,this is another way of winning someone's heart because they end up thinking that they are really loved, and it is not easy to tell them what they mean to you .i will conclude by saying that you will sometimes think that it was crazy to help when helping those drive you insane and to be honest i'm good at doing that,for more infomation contact me on: 0782414718
brilliant idea. people should try this. it would help others attain their inner harmony.
Thank you for sharing . Wonderful tips for practising compassion .
May I suggest a further resources to learn more about empathy and compassion.
The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
The Culture of Empathy website is the largest internet portal for resources and
information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles,
conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews, videos, science and
much more about empathy and compassion.
I added a link to your article about empathy to our Empathy Center Facebook page.
I posted a link to your article in our
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Love this article, I like to practice compassion but I can't. I will practice from today. Thankyou!!!
I like this.
It makes my day full of positive thinking.
Nice posting.What is the place of temperament in exuding compassion? Can it be faked by those who are temperamentally disinclined to it?
Compassion is free like all the other best things in life.
thanks.....just wondering...what about being compassionate about ourselves? especially since we judge other based on how we judge ourselves, or?!
Great inspiring article ~ thank you! I especially like the commonalities practice "Just like me, this person is..." Starting from a place of compassion makes it easier to see all the opportunity for simple acts of kindness.
Truly: IF everyone would follow these, the wisest of wisdoms from each of their own true prophets. the world would not be in the state it is today! every time someone interpets something less of this world community there is loss...Imagine, John Lennon
I love this!!
Just last night I saw a young lady trying to carry 2 large heavy suitcases on wheels a picture frame and a back pack. She was struggling to get her balance of all the items to continue on her journey. I ran across the street and offered to help. My friend cam with me. We took her suitcases and walked 4 blocks to find her a cab at 11pm. She was on her way to the airport. She was so greatful. I felt like I should be greatful because it gave me a chance to practice being compassionate.
Thanks Dalai Lama. I will forever remember and practice these words
Very effective tips indeed. they remind one how these very tips and practices are elaborated in the religion of Islam. Try reading the Koran and the Hadith, prophete Mohammed"s sayings, in an unbiased and stereoyped-free way, and you-ll find that Islam, which means submission to Allah/God is definitely a message of compassion from God to humanity.A compassion fuled by true faith in the One and Only whose guidance, as laid in the Koran, aims at making us compassionate with one another, with nature, with animals and all living creatures on planet earth. In one of his sayings, prophet Mohammed says: compassion if plucked out of a human's heart, that human is doomed to be unhappy" In yet another saying, he relates: "Be compassionate with all those on this planet, so that Allah be with you compassionate.
Passion and purpose beyond self - that goes a long way toward creating better communities and societies.