Honesty with one’s self leads to compassion for others.
I must say I didn’t know what to think of this exercise when it was given to me some years ago. At the time, I sort of knew about compassion but I didn’t quite know about compassion, if you know what I mean! It seemed quite vague and something that was for people who were far along their spiritual path, not a normal joe soap like me. But then I didn’t quite get it.
This exercise brought it home for me. It allowed me to release any negative ties or connections I had in my life to replace them with a sense of peace and understanding. It was challenging but the rewards were so great that I was motivated to keep going.
Do you get irked or annoyed when you think of certain people in your life? Do people at work irritate you when they do certain things or are there people in your family who get on your goat? Then this exercise will be for you. If you are blessed to have nothing but good relationships in your life then put this aside in case you do some day.
The compassion Exercise
Objective of this exercise: To increase the amount of compassion in the world.
Expected results: A personal sense of peace.
Step 1: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
“Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.”
Step 2: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
“Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.”
Step 3: With attention on the person, repeast to yourself:
“Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.”
Step 4: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
“Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
Variations of the Comapssion exercise:
1. To be done by couples and family members to increase understanding of each other.
2. To be done on old enemies and antagonists still persent in one’s memories.
I would recommend repeating this exercise for one person at a time until you feel nothing but compassion for them. This may take some time or only a few repetitions of the exercise, depending on your relationship with them.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
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