Hello Beautiful People,
This week I have been blessed to be surrounded by a group of caring, hardworking, joyful new friends and with it I am finding many opportunities to give and to receive compassion.
So what exactly is compassion and why is it soo important.
Well here are a few words from The Dalai Lama Himself:
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
“We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received
wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion....
This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need
for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated
philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple.
The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and
dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.
So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are
learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some
other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and
conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is
no doubt we will be happy.”
So compassion is the act of serving your fellow beings from a place of kindness, love, and all the while wishing for their highest good. It is powerful for a number of reasons:
1. With every compassionate act you immediately get to create positive change in the world around you.
2. By acting compassionately you will be happier- As you will better see the good in others and feel good about yourself.
3. Other people love to be the recipients of true compassionate behaviour- Therefore you will have way more positive interactions and better relationships with others
4. Acting compassionately is a simple hack to bring all your worldly activities into a place that feels ethical and meaningful to you
5. When we are compassionate to others we become more compassionate to ourselves, and when we are compassionate to ourselves we become more compassionate to others.
Within the yoga world it can be easy to get caught up in advancing with Asana (yoga poses), deepening ones ability to meditate, and detaching from the exterior world. Ultimately all of these activities are moot without compassion. As if a person is not guided by an open and compassionate heart it doesn't matter how bendy they are, or how intense their meditations are: True spirituality always creates more connection, more unity with all beings and more compassion for everyone and everything.
Compassion is true power as it is guided by love.
All other forms of power are transient and dependant upon conditions such as wealth, physical beauty, or even fear. Using these avenues it is possible to get people to do what you want, (and thus create a temporary feeling of safety for yourself) but as soon as the money goes, or the looks fade or people finally become so tired of being frightened that they have nothing to lose - You will immediately lose them and the power that they gave you. Conversely the power of Love is infinite, as when working with love and compassion you bring your thoughts and actions in line with the greater good of the other, for no other reason then for the joy of giving it. Thus you are free from expectations and disappointments. Ironically from this place of selflessness and freedom other people are very likely to want to give you support, love and compassion when you need it. Thus a virtuous cycle is created, each one supporting the other from a place of deep compassion, humbleness and gratitude. The ego is diminished and the heart grows ever larger.
Today I would like to share with you a Live mantra video: (Click Here!)
Om Namo Amitabhaya Buddhaya Dharmaya Sanghaya Om Namo, Om Namo Om Namo Amitabhaya Salutations to Amitabha the Buddha of Compassion To The Buddha (and to the Buddha nature within each of us) To the Dharma (ones spiritual path) To the Sangha (ones spiritual community)
I hope you enjoy,