16 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 46: Compassion

Welcome to Day 46 of the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.

Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.


"It is understood that the craft of loving-kindness is the everyday face of wisdom and the ordinary hand of compassion. This wisdom face, this hand of mercy, is never realized alone, but always with and through others. The Buddhist perspective shows us that there is no personal enlightenment, that awakening occurs in the activity of loving relationship." ~ Roshi Joan Halifax

Compassion is a deep emotion that arises out of the desire to alleviate another's suffering. Mother Theresa implored us to "find someone who thinks he is alone and let him know he is not." Compassion is a powerful place to stand in the sometimes seeming chaos of the world. Reaching out to one another, seeing the TRUTH beyond the condition, recognizing the worth and value of every person allows the fire of compassion to transmute any shadow of separation.

Reach out today and let someone know you care. Be present for a friend experiencing a challenging situation, volunteer at one of your local nonprofits, allow your light to be a benevolent presence throughout the day. Let people know that they are not alone. This creates a safe container for healing by revealing TRUTH that we are interconnected. Compassion is seeing through the eyes of Unity and moving from a heart centered place of being.

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