compassion

When we live with compassion and kindness

The Earth is home to all creation,
to be lovingly cared for by us in
communion with the Divine Friend.
Praises be to the Creator of the cosmos!
With grateful hearts, let us give thanks!
What other return can we give to the One,
Who continues to gift us with life?
When we open our heart to the Friend,
when we live with compassion and kindness,
we walk in beauty!
We come to know the Divine Guest,
Whose companioning Presence
is ever with us.

~ from MEDITATIONS AND MANDALAS by Nan Merrill

The greatest gift of all is an awakened, unconstrained, limitless heart

The greatest gift of all is an awakened, unconstrained, limitless heart. It takes you out of your skin and fills you with such compassion that, in the words of one of my Bushmen teachers, "It even makes you love the man who stole your wife." I have no doubt that the Bushmen doctors of the Kalahari hold the most important answer to the world's present state of crisis, terror, and madness. It is not found in any defense budget, technological development, or politician's deal. It is found in each and every one of our hearts. It's the oldest news that can set us free and it is found when one surrenders to the hot, sweaty, weeping steam of love, the love that reveals the ropes that take us straight to the Big God.

~ from "Dancing with the Kalahari Bushmen" by Bradford Keeney in Spirituality and Health, June 2003

Compasson is not helpless pity

Compassion is not helpless pity, but an awareness and determination that demand action.

~ by Unknown

Compassion makes me feel at one with everyone

Compassion is defined in Buddhist teaching as the trembling or quivering of the heart in response to seeing pain or suffering. Alone with love and altruism, compassion can be seen as warm-heartedness replacing cynicism, beneficence taking the place of indifference, caring supplanting aloofness. The Dalai Lama, whose life has not been easy, has said, "The reason I am pretty happy is because of the force of compassion. Compassion makes me feel at one with everyone."

~ from THE FORCE OF KINDNESS by Sharon Salzberg

Cultivate compassion

Live with attention,
cultivate compassion,
establish justice.
Then you will realize the purpose for which
you were created.
 

~ by Unknown

Do good by doing compassion

What should you do?
Do good by doing compassion
to everyone
you know needs it.
Expect adversity.
Bear adversity with love.

~ by Mechtild of Magdeburg

Only in the presence of compassion can we show our wounds without diminishing our wholeness

In a talk about compassion, a former teacher of mine once said that practice prepares the mind, but suffering prepares the heart. Perhaps the final step in the healing of all wounds is the discovery of the capacity for compassion, an intuitive knowing that no one is singled out in their suffering, that all living beings are vulnerable to loss, attachment, and limitation. It is only in the presence of compassion that we can show our wounds without diminishing our wholeness. For those who have compassion, woundedness is not a place of judgment but a place of genuine meeting.

~ from MY GRANDFATHER’S BLESSING by R. N. Remen

Divine compassion

Divine compassion is ever present within our limited compassion.

~ by Unknown

Knowing God is the source of compassion in our lives

Knowing God is the source of compassion in our lives. We realize that our separation from others is artificial. We are neither separate from other people nor from Tao. It is only our own egotism that leads us to define ourselves as individuals. In fact, a direct experience of God is a direct experience of the utter universality of life. If we allow it to change our way of thinking, we will understand our essential oneness with all things.

~ from 365 TAO, no. 105
365 Tao: Daily Meditations
By Ming-Dao Deng

The opposite of injustice is not justice, but compassion

In spiritual maturity, the opposite of injustice is not justice, but compassion. Not me against you, not me straightening out the present ill, fighting to gain a just result for myself and others, but compassion, a life that goes against nothing and fulfills everything.

~ by Charlotte Joko Beck
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