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In today’s post we will continue to talk about the only way to actually do compassion.
Let’s say you want to ease someone’s suffering, how do you do that? That’s not something you can just make happen. People aren’t just objects you can act on. Sometimes you want people to let you solve their problems, but they’d rather have control over their own lives (imagine that!). A better way is to show them the tools that you’ve used to ease your own suffering, and let them know you’ll help them if they want help using those tools. To practice compassionate actions, you start with yourself. A lot of people see suffering in the world and feel bad about it, but they don’t know how to take action. The best way to take action is to take action with yourself. The only person you can control with any degree of success is yourself. There is actually immense suffering within ourselves, and we can start to ease that, and when we do, we then now have a model for applying that to others. To one other person, to a thousand, or to the world. Your self-compassion becomes a model for everybody else. If we can be compassionate with ourself, then you know how you did it. You can tell others the amazing results, and how they can do it too. Then you have a model that can be replicated, and they can apply that to themselves, and then you have compassion being made on a large scale, just by starting with yourself. Will the same method that worked for me work for everyone else? No, but it’ll work for some people, who can replicate it and then they can show their way to others, try each other’s methods, and create new methods to try with others. Kind of an open-source compassion network.
Come back tomorrow for more inspiration on compassion.
Reference : https://zenhabits.net/compassion/