Monday, May 2, 2011

Compassion brings happiness.

There’s a person in most peoples’ lives who epitomize compassion. When you hurt, she hurts and she’ll try everything she can to make your pain go away. She sympathizes when you’re having a bad day and she’ll try to cheer you up because she cares about you. This month celebrates mother’s – the most compassionate people on earth. To understand compassion, look to the mothers, a perfect example.

Compassion is a virtue, one you practice whether you know it or not to the people you love the most. But extending the practice of this virtue to the rest of humanity will make others and you feel good. Like the Dalai Lama says, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

On the surface, it’s easy. Just be nice to the people around you. But true compassion is rooted deep in a person’s soul where the desire to help others burns bright. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa, but when you really want to help others going through tough times, it’ll make you and them feel good. You will be happy to help out; they will feel good to know that you genuinely care about them. Practice empathy and realize everyone in this world is a human being just like you. Imagine how you will feel if someone you love is going through a hard time. You will ache for them and wish they didn’t have to go through hardship. Extend that view to other people you know, maybe even people you dislike, who are humans just like your loved ones. Realize that it’s no fun to feel bad and everyone needs a little tender, love and care.

Here are some photos of our week understanding "Compassion":

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