“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Sometimes it seems as if compassion is a virtue that is not practiced as frequently as it was in years past. During this period of time, the world needs compassion more than ever. Times are tough with the downturn of global economies and people are working longer hours to barely make ends meet. Tired, frustrated, and a bit apathetic, when an opportunity arises to show compassion, some people just don’t have it in them.
Everyone has crosses to bear in life. It’s just part of being human on this earth. Whether it is emotional, mental, or a physical hardship, most people are simply doing the best they can with the resources that are available to them.
What I’d like to discuss today is the need for compassion to arise completely in society. Keeping in mind that everyone is suffering with something and to have premeditated judgements or turn a blind eye is not virtuous. It’s really just selfish.
For example, let’s say a young single mother of two toddlers is not working at the moment and has no money to buy her kids Christmas presents. Some people may judge her as lazy and foolish (and maybe she is), but others may have compassion and decide to help her out. In fact, a handful of people put their money together and purchase a Christmas tree and presents for the children so they can have a delightful Christmas.
These people could have judged her and moved on raising their eyebrows, but they chose compassion instead. What effect do you think this could have on that single mother and the children? This act of compassion could have significant positive effects on them. The mother, who probably does not like herself very much, would feel loved, and so would her children. That is priceless!
Compassion is simply feeling empathy when someone else is suffering. Do you feel like you are a compassionate person? Does your heart go out to those who show signs of struggle and suffering? Do you actively engage in compassionate acts or do you pass judgement or hope others will help them?
You don’t have to be compassionate, but doing so creates good karma for you. There really is some truth to the “judge not, lest you be judged” principle and “you sow what you reap.” As you engage in kindness and compassion, you emit love and positive vibrations to another person and it acts like a seed. That seed can grow and that person will certainly reap rewards from your compassion, but so will you.
To be compassionate is laying down the selfish nature and rising to the challenge of displaying love for the sake of the greater good. One person can’t change the world, but if each person allowed compassion to be a primary motive in his or her life, the world would be a much more peaceful and joyous place.
Many religions esteem compassion and call followers to live a selfless life serving others with love. Buddhism equates compassion with enlightenment. The more compassionate you are, the more conscious you are. Christianity calls for followers to humbly serve others above themselves.
The saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” is right on. As you step into becoming a compassionate being, your life will reap so much happiness, joy, and fulfilment. Your mind and body will respond to higher frequencies and states of consciousness and the world will simply be a better place.
Take a few moments and gauge just how compassionate you are. Do you really care about the state of others who are suffering? Do your actions back that up? Or do you judge and complain about others when they may need help?
Sometimes everyone needs help – including you. If you’ve ever been the recipient of compassion, you can understand how important it is. Decide today that you will be a compassionate person.
Love and give to those who need help and even those who don’t need it. Perform random acts of kindness just because you can. Give and receive the joy that comes from giving and being compassionate. It’s a wonderful way to live and the world really will become a happier place.