As we learn, we grow and the energy associated with allowing ourselves to discover ourselves and new things around us brings with it a flow within our world. To read and tell stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment towards a specific caring goal will indeed allow for us all to connect with our inner being, our power and with all things wondrous and alive.
I have felt the change within and the rush of energy while I release the restrictions held within my ego, which is addicting and empowering. The connection with new friends, the reconnection with old friends and to discuss life openly and deeply our mutual struggles is quite compelling indeed. We are after all on the same page in life, whether we choose to read between the lines searching for the truth of not.
“I really feel that some people neglect and overlook compassion because they associate it with religion. Of course, everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being.”~ Dalai Lama
The choice to live a compassionate life can bring with it joy, yet to presume that there is majority of mankind who shares in your desire to give openly of yourself may leave you wanting, empty and alone. I for one am not giving up on the basic good in all humanity and the desire to congregate with others who share in your willingness to be thankful for all the gifts offered daily, should and will be a personal quest. Never allow yourself to believe that we alone, we are actually surrounded by billions of beings that are on very similar quests of discovery.
To care for others, all others even more perhaps than we care ourselves is not the only definition of compassion. It does bring up thoughts and frustrations of why we are driven by the need to give.
Compassion = “the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.”
Any criticism of your heart felt desire to befriend those who have hurt you deeply or even those who we might regard as our enemies, will further confuse and conflict. When compassion for others is discovered as something of a release and reward, found in our awakening is a miraculous scope of pure understanding. What seems to be missing in so many lives burdened by survival, is that through our understanding and willingness to help others, we are actually setting ourselves free in the process of widening our scope to include all living creatures. To be one with the earth…
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
I am so very fortunate for I have felt and experienced deeply the joy and freedom in giving of myself with no consideration of what I might receive in return. This comes to the surprise of some and I know that I have confused many in my compassionate quest, but I am learning with each new day to accept my own view of compassion and practice it in my daily existence more than ever. A great lesson learned through the examination of my own personal pain was that we cannot “save” people, we can only love them, for it is in this knowledge of being loved that the individual can potentially see and feel for themselves their potential, something I have discovered to far easier said than done.
One would hope that there are far more people alive today of a caring and concerned kind, more than ever before in history, simply by the sheer numbers of beings on this earth, some 7 billion souls. The humane view of all human existence would surely assume that there are indeed more who have been cared for lovingly in some way and that their basic perception is to pass this on to others.
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
For me, an alarming aspect of these significant numbers of needy souls in our western world are those medicated to a point where they are unable to see, think and feel outside of their narrow view of life and a true reality. Their concentration on their own troubles, their ability and willingness to work at the basis of happiness is numbed down. The medicated masses may not unable to feel and care deeply for others, but their minds eye is often focused on their own problems that those of others who may need assistance even more. My heart goes out to all those who struggle with sorrow and sadness.
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
There are so many beings it seems who are living an existence that is no more than a life of pure and simple survival, a life filled with the material things that they assume will bring them happiness. Recent events and even more recent realizations have afforded me a view of the material things that is far, far less than I had been used to. Things do not provide happiness…
“Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” ~ Ayn Rand
To continue on my road as a savage, a rebel, a thinker, possibly even a writer requires little to provide the comforts of life. A roof over my head, some healthy food, access to high speed internet, an awesome smart phone and a little $5 per gallon gas to get me back and forth to the store, the hills, the beach and the movies – a desire very little else right now and less is more rains clear and true..
The amount of walking and wandering I am doing as of late is amazing, as I know explore the canyons, the pathways, the neighborhoods and the beach which I have now fallen in love with all which expands my appreciation in and compassion for my earth and mankind. Always looking to further my connection with a compassionate mind, empowered by a passion to communicate with words and stories and to help others which in turn, may help me too in the process.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato