This week I came across this quote from the Dalaï Lama and it resonated deeply with me, especially in this time when we may struggle in our lives.
We cannot change circumstances or even people, we all know that. But we can choose the way we respond to them, whether it’s with an action or just a way of being. We can choose to come from a place of compassion, compassion for others and compassion for self.
When I saw this quote, I asked myself: What does it really mean to be compassionate? I have read books about compassion & self compassion. Asking myself again this question, it occured to me that it was a free-of-judgement act of love. With compassion, we let go of all judgements toward others and toward self. Then we can truly love others and self. When we love, joy arises.
The second thing that came to my mind with this quote might be something obvious: of course, compassion is not something that only others can get from us. We also deserve compassion. We are all humans. By being self-compassionate, we give others permission to do the same with themselves. That’s a win-win, what a gift!
This quote reminded me also that compassion is not something that we can assume that it will happen on its own. It’s a daily practice.
Let’s be intentional today and practice compassion in our lives, and let’s see what that makes room for: creativity, generosity, kindness, joy, connection,… what else? I’d love to hear from you.