Compassion is love in action. It bubbles up from the heart until it pours outward through acts of kindness and forgiveness. It's like a fountain of love that keeps giving from an everlasting spring of joy.
“One day I looked at something in myself that I had been avoiding because it was too painful. Yet once I did, I had an unexpected surprise. Rather than self-hatred, I was flooded with compassion for myself because I realized the pain necessary to develop that coping mechanism to begin with.” ~ Marianne Williamson
To cultivate compassion it's important to start with yourself. You can start by standing up to your inner critic and letting it know that from now on you're going to be giving yourself a daily dose of compassion rather than a frequent shot of criticism for your human imperfections.
Your intuition will always guide you to give the most compassionate response. When you realize that you're in a reactive mode, stop, take a few deep breaths, get centered, and ask your Higher Self to help you respond with love.
There is more wisdom to be gained from seeing through a lens of compassion than a lens of judgment. Everyone, including you, is doing the best they know how based on their level of awareness. When we become more conscious we tend to make better choices.
Compassion is the offspring of forgiveness and kindness. Forgiveness frees you from the past and makes room for the presence of kindness in all of your relationships. The combination of all three is a formula for unconditional love.
Cultivating compassion includes animals. If you eat meat, make sure that it comes from a free-range farm where the animals were treated humanely. Consider adding more vegan meals to your diet to lower the demand for mass produced meat and dairy products provided by inhumane factory farming.
Do the compassionate inner work to heal yourself from past traumas so that you don't inflict your unresolved pain onto the people you love. You may need the support of a life coach, spiritual counselor or therapist to help you heal your heart.
Self-care is a big part of self-compassion. It's that sacred part of your day where you take time out from your busy schedule to spend quality time with yourself. Make self-care a priority and everyone will benefit.
With love and light,
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