Compassion – Part 4

  • The ways in which compassion is already a part of your life

Certain places, people, and situations elicit compassion from us, but not all places, people, or situations.  Yet each affords the opportunity to be compassionate.  By not passing on the legacy bequeathed to us we both deny ourselves the opportunity to become more fully human, but we also deny to others the fulfillment of what they genuinely need, including our modelling of what it means to live compassionately.  Compassion is already a part of our lives.  Evaluating its presence and naming how compassion works in daily life are a concrete place to start to become more compassionate people.

  • The skills that are essential to the process of learning to be compassionate

Emerging from our intuition, empathy becomes compassion through caring actions.  Discerning compassionate from non-compassionate actions is a skill that can only be developed by listening to others and taking the time to act.

  • The distractions that interfere with being compassionate

There are all sorts of non-legitimate reasons to not be compassionate.  Lengthy, sustained, active compassionate effort requires a degree of resolve.  In the end the reward of becoming a mature practitioner of compassion far outweighs our investment.

  • The genuine hindrances and road blocks that exist in practicing compassion

There is no guarantee that the compassion we offer others will be returned to us.  The compassion we offer many be misunderstood or misinterpreted.  And sustained compassion in traumatic situations has correlating effects on the care-giver.  Actions can be taken to address each of these.

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