The Healing Power of Compassion
"Psychological healing occurs when the brain connects painful memories with restorative images to recondition the automatic defense system." - Steven Stosny
"Part of the problem with the word 'disabilities' is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can't feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren't able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities." - Fred Rogers
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama
- "Leave no trace upon the Earth but the footprints of your compassion and the echoes of your laughter." - Ann Oshiro-Kauwe
Compassion ExerciseThis is one of thirty exercises that can be found in ReSurfacing®:Techniques for Exploring Consciousness, by Harry Palmer. ©Copyright 1998.
Honesty with one"s self leads to compassion for others.
OBJECTIVE: To increase the amount of compassion in the world.
EXPECTED RESULT: A personal sense of peace.
INSTRUCTIONS: This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches, etc). It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, from some distance. Try to do all five steps on the same person.
Step 1With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
"Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life"Step 2With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
"Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life."Step 3With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
"Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair."Step 4With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
"Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs."Step 5With attention on the person, repeat to yourself:
"Just like me, this person is learning about life."Love is an expression of the willingness to create space in which something is allowed to change.
- "Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." - Albert Schweitzer
- "The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others." - Albert Schweitzer
- Love begins by taking care of the closest ones… the ones at home. - Mother Teresa
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