Compassion is often misunderstood and confused with other emotions. True compassion is the ability to be sympathetic, empathetic, as well as having the desire to alleviate another’s pain and suffering.
Beyond living life at the level of, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” compassion looks to heal others even in instances when you would not heal yourself. There are many people we like, even love, yet the depth of our compassion for them is shallow. Perhaps fear, jealousy, resentment, guilt or anger color our perspective, and each of these emotions carry with it a certain attachment that prevents true compassion.
Remember, all compassion starts with self-compassion.
If you are not rooting for yourself in every moment, how can you root for others? If you can’t empathize with your own plight, then you are not connected to your own heart. Healing others begins with healing yourself.
True compassion is independent of attachment. Imagine if our compassion could transcend our relationships and the attachment we have to them – pure sympathy, pure empathy, and pure desire to help them heal. It is the ultimate characteristic of emotional intelligence.
My Spiritual Awakening weeklong immersion coming up in May guides you on a journey into the depths of your very being to awaken your magnificence beneath all your baggage, loosen your grip on it, and free your soul. I have found these emotional healing processes to be powerful pathways to forgiveness, true compassion, growth, and self-love.
At my immersion you will begin to experience a better version of yourself. In essence, lightening your load and unlock a spiritual doorway that expands your understanding of meditation as a process of surrender. And that powerful energy of stillness then translates into your daily life. You will no longer find it necessary to try to be in control of every moment.
Sometimes it’s okay to set your course, engage your intention, lean in the direction of your desires, take your hands off the wheel, slide over into the passenger seat, and let the universe do the driving.
So, this week let’s root for ourselves. Let’s place our attention – from the moment we awake, until the moment we fall asleep – accepting ourselves, forgiving ourselves, seeing gratitude in each moment, and allowing compassion to flow through each thought, word, and action. If we are just a bit more loving to our self this week, those around us will feel our acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion…and the world will be a better place.
davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author of Amazon’s Best Seller destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind, Sacred Powers: The Five Secrets to Transformation and Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation, & winner of the Nautilus Book Award. Connect with him on . davidji.com Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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