Practice Compassion

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

My thoughts have been consumed with love and compassion as of late. It’s not to say that all I am thinking are loving and compassionate thoughts, but rather I am living in a place of questioning “How can I live in a state of constant love and compassion?”

In yoga, there is the practice of Metta, which means to send loving and compassionate thoughts to all the people in your life, including yourself. Metta states that if you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

As I live in this question new experiences have opened up for me to truly learn and experience what living in compassion really means. And it is shifting my perspective on my life and my life’s work.

When we come from a place of compassion, we release judgments about others. We let go of needing or expecting someone to act the way we think they should act. We release our attachments to what “should be” or “could be” and accept what is.

Look for the areas in your own life where you can practice compassion—both with yourself and others. How can we be more compassionate with those who are different from us? With the earth and nature? With our expectations and limitations?

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