This is a response to Jan Stewart’s excellent post the other day, and stems from many conversations I’ve been lucky enough to share with her over our journey.
Since Mindful I’ve been percolating on a few different lines of thought. You can see some of the things I took away from Mindful in the immediate moments after the event in my post I wrote the week after. Since then, I’ve begun considering some ideas on a deeper level, and one of those is Compassion.
But what is compassion? Why is it important? And so what? To me, compassion is about transcending the way we colloquially define it. Compassion has always been, to me, something that you were able to give people in a very limited way. My definition was probably closer to the idea of ‘passion.’
The way the Dalai Lama, and others, seem to define it has a much broader meaning. They talk about it as moving to a place where you respect and appreciate all human kind as equals. Where you find the space to connect with people on the most basic of all levels – the fact that we are all human on this earth and that we share that experience amongst (almost) 7 Billion people today.
In my own practice during this past month, I’ve learned to respect myself a lot more. I’ve been stretching more and generally looking after my own health. I’ve also really found myself to be more accommodating of others, where as perhaps I would be more negative about a particular situation. I’ve really focused on taking a more open mind into my dealings with others, and trying to focus my inner monologue on meeting them at a human level.
How have you engaged in compassion? Is this is all new to you? Have you engaged in practising compassion in your life?