You may have noticed a little trick I use in line six to get around having to use the possessive form of the noun for the recipient of compassion. When the noun is a long compound noun, the possessive form is a bit clunky and awkward. That's certainly the case for that presence that I … Continue reading For that Presence that I Feel
Long ago the practice contained a much smaller range of verbs, but I saw this and decided to select a unique verb for each line. Now, by design, the practice helps us remember the full range of skills and actions that the mission of compassion entails.
The best thing about strengthening our own capacity for compassion is it helps us support and strengthen those who struggle to do the same. An inability to see and relieve the suffering of others is suffering itself: I practice compassion for those who feel disconnected from loveWith compassion, I free them from sufferingwith compassion, I … Continue reading For Those who Feel Disconnected from Love
Practicing compassion is great for the self, but it also builds expectation, and can lead to self-directed judgement when we don't feel like a very compassionate version of ourselves. This practice is meant help diffuse self-judgement: I practice compassion for myself, even when I don't feel like a compassionate person With compassion, I free myself … Continue reading For Myself, Even When I Don’t Feel Like a Compassionate Person
Let's explore one more way a visualized compassion animal can practice for us, by visualizing them tell us we practice compassion for ourselves and others. It's a bit of a convoluted visual, but when it helps it really helps: You practice compassion for yourself and others With compassion, you free yourself and others from sufferingWith … Continue reading You Practicing for Yourself and Others