Traveling to visit the Mcleodganj, India, it was a great experience to visit the home of the Dalai Lama and spiritual communities. There was a topic that went around regarding compassion.
Here are two quotes by the Dalai Lama:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want you to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Pointing toward compassion, then we will begin to really understand compassion.
“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring the tranquility and happiness we seek.” – Dalai Lama
What is compassion?
Compassion is a very deep word, but in simplicity it is to express kindness. To alleviate suffering, one should express compassion. Having compassion toward others helps alleviate the suffering in whatever circumstance. Another word simply put is love. If hardships arise, we can jump in and try to help. If hardships are directed toward you, then you can still express compassion for the other. For example, one may use kinder words, or even express humility.
It is good to be compassionate with all.
Here is another approach as well that may not be thought normally, but compassionate could even be of the very way we live. Being clean and making the house clean is a way of expressing compassion for the home. Fold your clothes putting them away in the drawers in a good way. Having the right procedure with order is compassionate to your organization. Compassion in our rest can help give energy to our body. Compassion to our health helps alleviate stresses and other situations. It could even be expressed in time. Pretend time is a friend and to be compassionate is to be on time. Like going to work a little late. Be on time and better yet, give a good leeway leaving plenty of breathing room.
What is a compass?
A compass points the way. That is the duty of a compass. It spins around on a point, freely balanced on the pole, and pointing to the magnetic direction.
Within compassion, coincidental is the word “compass”. Thus, by leading our life through compassion, compassion could lead us in the right direction. We can simply practice compassion in our life and we can understand the true meaning of compassion.
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