The Mind With Compassion
Residing in the heart of
all spiritual practices and world religions lies compassion. Compassion
is the great transformer of the mind. When practiced diligently, it can
and will transform anyone into a peaceful, happy, and joyous being. In
part this is because compassion stimulates higher functioning regions of
the brain to become more active. But this is only part of the reason.
When we think of
compassion we generally think of it in terms of loving kindness, and
generosity of heart towards another who we perceive to be in a state of
suffering. We think of it as expressing ourselves lovingly towards
someone separate from us. But this is where most of us partially
misunderstand what is really going on when we practice compassion.
When we practice
compassion, we are not only transmitting unconditional love to another,
we are also experiencing our own love for ourselves. It is impossible to
give that which we do not have; we cannot give love to another without
first having it for ourselves. And that which we give, whatever it is,
When we are good to
others, others are, in turn, good to us. As we sow, so we reap. And so,
by making compassion a daily practice and priority in our lives, we are,
in fact, conditioning ourselves to receive more loving kindness: love
for ourselves and love from others. When we become full with love in
this way, when it naturally flows from us readily and abundantly, we
will arrive at a place within ourselves that most of us have yet to
find, the place that all of us: have, are, or will eventually, seek out,
a place without fear.
As individuals we do not
love ourselves nearly enough, we have learnt, in so many ways, to
believe a lie that we are not perfect as we are and this has made us
afraid, very afraid, and where fear rules love cannot flourish. So how
does one begin to make compassion a constant practice?
Developing ever greater
compassion is easy. Everywhere we look in the world there is suffering.
And whenever we are confronted with it we simply need to send a loving
thought towards it. It might be the elderly neighbour who can no longer
walk easily, or a dog with a sore paw…or the teenage delinquent
causing trouble in the neighbourhood, (acts of ill will are really an
expression of fear rooted in ignorance) In all directions in our lives
we can find a place to be compassionate, and the more we take the
opportunity, the greater our transformation will be.
In time, with practice,
our brain and minds’ activities will have changed, our entire view on
life, ourselves, and others will have changed. Eventually compassion
will become a constant in our awareness. When we reach this state our,
capacity as loving beings will have evolved, we will live in a state of
bliss, and our world will be transformed. Understanding the power of
compassion is wisdom, and can only serve for good.
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