It’s All About Compassion Now
February 6, 2017
Can you be completely compassionate with someone if you have not walked a mile in his/her shoes? The entire success of the 12-step program is based on the premise that you truly cannot be compassionate. One healing alcoholic mentors the next beginner, and successful process continues to be successful most of the time.
However, the 2008 TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong released a new book: 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, a practical guide to the understanding and practice of compassion. Armstrong writes:
“People are hungry to understand what compassion means and how to go about practicing it. But simply deciding to become compassionate is too daunting. Meanwhile, we’re so uneducated about compassion. It’s often just equated with pity. But the word “compassion” means to feel or experience WITH the other person – to put yourself consistently in another’s shoes. We have to feel and take responsibility for the wellbeing of others, whomever they are.
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Continued from above:
No sane person will say to life or God: “Hey, send me a really bad situation so that I can love more deeply!” Who is that selfless?
However, we can learn a lot through watching people and trying to understand them and their behavior. With the Earth being in such a divide over religion, politics, and racism, we all have the greatest chance of our lifetime to take on the challenge of Compassion.
I had a dream in which I felt like I had been led by the Ghost of Compassion Past to a small farm town in the South somewhere. My host was a lovely couple that helped me find my lost dog. They owned the town restaurant, the county’s hot spot, where my hosts treated me to home-cooked dinner.
One side of the restaurant was where the White People sat, on the other side the Black folk. The town was divided and brought up in a racist culture. The blacks were poor and uneducated, and the whites were the affluent. In the dream I got to experience what I would have been like growing up in a community like this.
My point here is that we can meet people where they are if we use our imagination to recreate scenarios that could help us understand how someone got to his or her paradigm consciousness. We don’t have to accept their behavior as our own truth, but showing some empathy can go a long way in acceptance and tolerance.
I remember a client once came to me. Her culture was the Deep South, right-winged, slave-owning side of the tracks. I found it very hard to understand her thinking, until she began to share how her mother and father treated her. Suddenly, I was able to see exactly what was going on inside her. This client-patient experience went a long way in teaching me there is always a path to compassion if you are open to one.
We all have places in our lives that merge with others. There is only One Mind, One Power and One Source. We are all humans, created by the same Spirit, in the image of this One Creative Intelligence! So, how did we all become so divided?
I believe the answer to that question is deeply imbedded in the word compassion. Karen Armstrong continues explaining her desire to start charter groups of compassionate people, or people who want to learn to be more compassionate. She says:
“(Most people begin with) a sense of defeat, that the world’s problems are of such magnitude that people feel paralyzed. Also, there’s egotism: people don’t want to put others before themselves.
“We are addicted to our egotism, our likes and dislikes and prejudices, and depend upon them for our own sense of identity. When we come out with a clever and unpleasant remark about somebody else, we get a rush of self-satisfaction. Unfortunately, that hit poisons us, and it poisons the atmosphere around us!”
Today, just be open to understanding another person’s point of view. This can go a long way into changing your own ego’s righteous belief that you are always correct!
You don’t get to this voice if reason or recognize it unless you spend time with yourself in silence, asking yourself important self-talk questions. This is like dating. You must get to know the voice of the Spirit by spending time in meditation and silence. This is the only I know to clearly download the power of wisdom and recognize the voice—IN TIMES OF TRAUMA—that is always directing YOU into safety!
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