I believe that when we have compassion, we give ourselves the chance to be happy and that without it we can never achieve emotional or spiritual wellbeing.

The following steps are necessary and important:

  • The first step in developing compassion is empathy, because without empathy we won’t have compassion and without compassion we’ll have little of anything else. The problem is that most of us tend to think about ourselves, which stops us from reaching out and being compassionate towards others;
  • It’s more important to see what’s on the inside, instead of the outside. As a human race, we have the same basic needs, but because of our need to conform to society, we rarely look at the spiritual qualities that contribute to who we really are;
  • Acts of kindness contribute towards compassion and with empathy must be practiced together. They both form the basis of peace and happiness.

I believe it’s important for us all to have and live with compassion. It should be practiced daily and needs to be incorporated into our lifestyles so that it becomes a part of us. That way it will not only make a difference to us in our lives, but it will also make a difference to other people in their lives too.

29 Dec, 2011

8 thoughts on “Compassion

  1. I too believe we should look at people on the inside. Having compassion is important and should be practiced by everyone.

    In my profession as a nurse I can’t see how some people that are nurses can do their job without it. Even doctors need to have compassion and a lot don’t.

    If I didn’t have compassion I couldn’t do a lot of the things I do like my job, or take care of medically fragile children and if people are real good friends you have to have that compassion.

    1. Unfortunately as you say Lisa, some professions don’t.

      I think you’re right about nurses and compassion, the majority of nurses do, but unfortunately I have come across one or two who were far from gracious and compassionate, particularly from nurses who work in doctors’ surgeries.

      I am sure we all have our favourites though, when I was in hospital I know I had mine.

  2. Compassion is definitely one thing that is lacking in the modern world.

    I understand very well what it is considering the world I grew up in. Hopefully one day more people will learn what it is, so the world would be a much better place.

    1. Ditto. I agree with you Randy. Compassion is lacking in the world today.

      I also agree that if we had more of it, the world would be a much nicer and better place.

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