It is easy to say, I should show compassion for
that person or that situation, etc., but honestly, sometimes I cannot get there. In this situation I really got it. One, I had to have patience to give myself the space to mull it over. I then had to put myself in their shoes and that lead me to empathy and with empathy came compassion.
"Patience, Understanding, Empathy and then came Compassion."
All the time hiking I thought it was the young men who had to change but at that moment, I understood. Compassion and kindness must start with me not someone else. Being compassionate has been my practice for a while but this experience was a good reminder that I still need to practice on a regular basis. One, two, three times is not enough. Just like anything else we want in our lives, we need to practice it over and over to strengthen that muscle within us.
“It’s easy to judge. It is more difficult to understand.
Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to
believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods.
Through judging, we separate, thru understanding, we grow.
Massage Day, it is my favorite day of the week