Monday, January 20, 2014

UBC Day 20 - Compassion

Day 20 Ultimate Blogging Challenge


Written for the Thursday Writer's Post prompt  Compassion  hosted by Darla

Oxford definition of Compassion
sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others:

Dictionary.com definition of Compassion
a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for someone struck by misfortune, accompanied by a desire to alleviate the suffering; mercy

But compassion for me is much more than that.

It is reaching out to another from that divine place in your heart that drives you to alleviate the suffering with kindness, understanding, caring and love.

 It's essence lies in the soul and it is from the soul that you connect with another asking nothing in return.

True compassion goes beyond empathy and sympathy, it is not just heart centric but soul centric.

So how do you show compassion? I don't think there is any clear answer to that for each circumstance will be different. Sometimes it may be a kind word, or just a smile, or a little help, or a hug, or perhaps even fighting for some rights.  Sometimes it might just be a universal reaching out and caring.  But at all times it comes from one's heart and makes a selfless soul connection.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete ~ Gautama Buddha

The above quote is often interpreted as compassion for oneself. I read it quite differently. Showing compassion that is not heart and soul centric (does not include yourself), is incomplete.

So how do we teach our children compassion?  That comes when we ourselves show it to them and others near and far.


Wishing you a day filled with kindness and love.

Check out these awesome bloggers who are also taking part in the UBC challenge:
  Shilpa  Kajal  Richa  Jairam  Sheethal  Kathy  Swati  Michelle  Nabanita

My previous UBC Jan 2014 posts here


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17 comments:

  1. Compassion doesn't come naturally to people, like my son, who are on the autism spectrum. It's a struggle to get him to think outside of his needs and realize that other people have needs and desires as well. It's an important skill and one we'll be working on for many years.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne for stopping by. Just understanding that compassion is an important skill is a good start for your son. All the best.

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  2. Compassion is so important and especially to teach it to our children.

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    1. Thanks Salma. True and the best way to teach children is by example. thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Compassion is so important something that gives the giver more than the receiver !

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    1. So true Naba. Compassion also brings the giver joy.

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  4. What a beautiful quote Suzy and a lovely thought..no doubt compassion comes from within..

    Richa

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    1. So true Richa. And yet so many people fake compassion.

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  5. Compassion is important and I loved this post. It is important to teach it, and practice it daily.

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    1. It sure is Kathy. And everyday opportunities to practice are thrown our way but we often turn a blind eye.

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  6. Lovely post, Suzy. It is very important to practice compassion towards all we meet, because everyone is fighting some or the other battle!

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    1. Thanks Shilpa So true. We need to reach out to all we meet. Glad you liked my post.

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  7. "But at all times it comes from one's heart and makes a selfless soul connection." We'll said, Suzy...that's the genuineness of compassion!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Yes I believe that is. Only when we make a soul connection do we show genuine compassion.

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  8. you are so right. Compassion doesn't come easily but it is so essential!
    Beautifully written Suzy

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    1. Thanks Pixie. I do believe that we all have inherent compassion. Sometimes we find it hard to show it.

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  9. I love your thoughts on compassion; they so closely echo my own. I have a great desire to develop into a more compassionate person, but am not always focusing on it as I would like. It is so easy to focus on oneself.

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