Compassion is a buzz word we’ve heard more and more in recent days. Is it a home run for marketing campaigns, or is it a real, important attribute that is finally getting the limelight it deserves?
These days, we are honestly in need of a deeper understanding of what it means to love, care, even notice one another. This is why it is so encouraging to see things like Deepak Chopra, Gabby Bernstein and friends leading a global meditation for compassion on July 11th. In honor of his 80th birthday, the Dalai Lama is hosting the Global Compassion Summit to inspire compassionate acts in our global community. These are opportunities to join with others asking the question “what about me? how can I help?”
Merriam-Webster defines compassion as
sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Compassion isn’t just about noticing the struggle of another. It is about also desiring to step in and do something about it. Compassion is about seeing and doing. In what ways are you living with compassion?
Do you notice those around you?
Would you know how to help?
If not, would you know how to seek out ways to help?
You have something to bring to the global community and, if you never have before, you can start today by noticing the community right in front of you. Your family, your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers. Little acts that add up and leave a mark of positivity on the earth, even if it’s just through one person, one stray animal, one lost child.
We loved this compilation of acts of compassion in the face of war time. In the heat of pressure, it seems so easy to dismiss the attention required to see those in need. Tensions are rising. Bullets are flying. Life and death actually hang in the balance. It is in those moments compassion is needed most.
Love those around you! Be compassion!