Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering – Dalai Lama
Compassion really matters to me. It’s one of the basic characteristics that I value so greatly. I think of it as being intrinsic to the foundation of one’s character. I admire it in others and I want to see proof if it exhibited in my own life, through my actions and in my behaviour.
Whether you believe in God, a Higher Power, or karma – I figure it pays to practice compassion because there may come a time when we will need it more than we can currently imagine.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around – Leo Bascaglia
Everyone has a story, the depths of which we might never know – and that small act of compassion might be just what someone else needs. I really believe that those small acts of kindness, the traces of compassion we show others, have the potential to have a much greater impact than we will ever know.
Compassion is a characteristic that I think of in terms of how we see and treat others; it’s focus is someone else.
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life – Christopher K. Germer
Wow! Self-compassion! I already think in terms of self-acceptance, but self-compassion… that’s a new concept for me – and it feels as if it has the power to be like a beautiful scented oil that you place in a bath – that might soften the skin, and leave a gentle perfume, as well as having a soothing medicinal effect, and is therefore good for both body and soul.
Imagine how different the world might be if we were to practice compassion towards ourselves and others every day.
I want to finish as I began – with some words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama:
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.