The Dictionary.com definition of Compassion is
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.
Its 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.
There is so much violence in the world today it seems the human race has become indifferent to the sufferings of others. But perhaps it is not too late to teach our children the meaning of compassion so that future generations may find that place within to reach out to another with love and kindness.
So how do we teach our children compassion? That comes when we ourselves show it to them and others near and far.
Compassion is not an action it is soul centred emotion that leads to a heartfelt action. Sometimes that action could be just a sincere silent prayer.
Wishing you a day filled with kindness and love.
Reach out to someone today and make a soul connection.
Written for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, where bloggers all over the world are spreading the unanimous feeling of compassion. Link up at IndianAmericanMom
Taken from my post of Jan 14 2014
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