Instead of asking ourselves, “How can I find security and happiness?” we could ask ourselves, “Can I touch the center of my pain? Can I sit with suffering, both yours and mine, without trying to make it go away? Can I stay present to the ache of loss or disgrace-disappointment in all its many forms-and let it open me?” This is the trick.
~ Pema Chodron
It’s about being compassionate towards ourselves and towards every being around us.
It’s about letting go of expectations and embracing our own weirdness and uniqueness.
If you’re having a bad day, allow yourself to sit with the pain. Let it sip through your body like a river delta. Let it crack the place in your heart where expectations are born.
And if you’re having a good day, let it shine through like a summer sunrise .. Spread the light around to others that need it too.
We cannot leave alone. We weren’t designed that way. We need to give love and we need to receive love.
But that doesn’t make us weak. It makes us authentic human beings. And with love comes compassion.
You need to be able to put yourself in the place of others around you. Even when they are being cruel or unkind. Even if it’s directed towards you.. We need to be able to ask ourselves: ‘What is this being in front of me feeling? Why are they reacting this way? Can I do anything to help them?’
And sometimes the best thing we can do for others is just to be there. To listen. To accept.
There are things that none of us can change. But just by sharing kindness and being compassionate towards others that suffer, we heal ourselves too.
“Close your eyes and see with your heart.” ~Marie Fay
Share compassion around like confetti.
Peace & Love,