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My husband and friends, and…myself. My grief doesn’t give me permission to be cruel to them or uncaring, though.
I flew up to Pennsylvania this morning to go to a cousins bridal shower and also get to visit my daughters. On the flight,one of the passengers I overheard mention she had anxiety with people- she was telling this to the person she was sitting next to (she was across from me). I offered a silent blessing for her that she have calmness and peace. I remember someone mentioning on the site before about silent blessings and that just makes me smile so I was happy to do it.
To convey to the ones concerned, ” I feel for you. My heart is deeply with you in this. Don´t give up, my dear one. Deep inside you may know that things will change again. If you allow, am alongside with you, dear friend”.
I am not sure than anyone needs “my” compassion. If an opportunity arose where I could do what is necessary for another, that I would do. But otherwise, perhaps not.
I believe we all need compassion. There is a lot going on in this big beautiful world & many of us, most of us, got a lot going on too. We desperately need more compassion, more love, more kindness, more understanding in the world. ❤️🙏❤️
We all do – here’s what I just posted in the Lounge:
Greater Good in Action posted a 5 min exercise: a Fierce Self-Compassion Break – with some scientific evidence, in the pdf, that it’s helpful – https://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/fierce_self_compassion_break?utm_source=Greater+Good+Science+Center&utm_campaign=6c5e39d4f1-GGIA_Newsletter_August_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ae73e326e-6c5e39d4f1-57450167
Thanks, Carol – I wasn’t sure if anyone would be able to make use of the cumbersome link, but indeed it leads to where I wanted, when I copy it to a new page in my browser.
My boss who is shouldering a lot of additional responsibilities and is quite overwhelmed. He is making life miserable for everybody which is not what he usually does but what probably stems from his own burden. Patience and forgiveness might be the things to offer in compassion.
My friend whose husband is in the hospital and soon moving to rehab. Keep in touch.
Everyone needs compassion. We all experience challenging circumstances and events, even if an individual I meet does not share what those are. I try to extend respect and kindness.
Two individuals. My father I law who at 80 years of age fractured 4 ribs falling off his bike and a friend of mine who is about to go through his 5th skin cancer treatment. We have been staying with my father in law. I’ve been helping out with house cleaning, meals and outside chores. I sent messages of prayers and support to my friend with skin cancer. He is a very spiritual person but I know that he appreciates my kindness.
I’m not sure, but I am sure that I will be shown when/as it is needed. How? That will also be shown when needed.
PS – I’m with Kevin 🙂
Everyone needs compassion and I will show it by being silent and just listening.
I trust that the “who,” as in who needs compassion, and the “how” of it, will reveal itself as this new day unfolds.
Note: This is a repeat question that seems to roll around more often than most, and it always makes me feel somewhat uneasy. While the question itself is rooted in kindness, when set to words something about it feels off. For starters, I would never use the actual name of a person that I know needs compassion. That feels like an invasion of their personal privacy. Secondly, the “how can I show it” sounds to me like “performance kindness,” designed for show and to boost the ego of the giver over the receiver.
Kevin, Your reply reminds me of what I learned in religion class as a youngster. There is egoic action and apostolic action and they are not the same. EGO “edges God out.” It’s a feel good. Apostolic action is to be a willing instrument of the flow of grace which is always available in the moment. Performance v.s. Process. The inner battle to recognize our motivation! Life says BE love. No performance needed.
Thank you Carol, that logic sounds spot on to me as well!
Have the people who manage the site ever solicited questions from the people who are answering the questions?
Hello Rabbit, I think that they do from time to time.
Thanks Kevin. I better think one up.
Good Morning Rabbit and Kevin – I am just noticing your comments and exchange and want you to know that you will actually be seeing a question coming up within the next week or so that will be asking you to think about a question that provokes you to reflect gratefully on life, or which adds helpful perspective, etc. We want to generate some new questions for when we launch the refreshed website and thought this would be good timing. Thanks for queuing that up!
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