Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama
When we encounter something joyful in our lives, it’s easy for us to instantly react with love and compassion. But pain doesn’t instinctively translate into compassion (for most of us), but learning to transform our reactions to pain into compassion is incredibly healing.
A lot can get in the way of compassion, especially for those who have suffered trauma. When we feel wronged or hurt in some way, it’s difficult to actively let go of control and embrace a feeling we’re not used to associating with pain.
“It is a hard concept to be selfless when you have been abused. [But] I am learning that I can’t grow without being uncomfortable.” — Theo Fleury from ‘Conversations With a Rattlesnake’
How we can start to transform, is to let go of judgment, share in a supportive environment and learn to develop a practice of self-care and compassion. Awareness is a big part of this, and connecting to the present moment. Understanding that you can’t control anyone else but yourself, will be a big step towards compassion as well.
“Compassion is a feeling of empathy for ourselves and for others. It is the emotional response to suffering, and it motivates a desire to alleviate that suffering.” — Kim Barthel from ‘Conversations With a Rattlesnake’
– Written by Amber Craig
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