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,...
It takes courage to forgive. You have to let go anger and resentment to set yourself free. The practice of forgiveness dissolves negative energy and removes the grievances that have been stealing your joy.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Gandhi
Being on the receiving end of hurtful behavior can cause anger and resentment. Forgiveness is the antidote. You can't control how other people behave but the way you respond to their behavior is totally up to you. If you're holding on to deep anger and resentment you may need to physically let it go before you can forgive. Kickboxing or punching a bag with boxing gloves are a couple of ways to release stored emotions.
Forgiving a parent can heal a childhood wound that is showing up in your current relationships. The pain you feel in the present is related to an emotional wound from the past. When you can see that your parents were acting out...
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