Issue #123 – Monday, July 23, 2018
We all have ideas about what we want (or feel we need) in order to be happy. You may even have a list of things percolating in your mind that you feel are missing from your life.
Perhaps, however, happiness extends beyond a to-do list. Perhaps the seeds of happiness are buried below the surface, and need to be…
...excavated through our thoughts, feelings and actions.
In this week’s issue of Mind Power, we tackle the question of compassion, and its powerful influence on our lives…
...and the lives of others.
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The Secret to a Deep, Rich, Fulfilling life
By Marc Gilson & Kyla Merwin
In a world where “success” seems to be defined by fortune, fame, and material trappings, it’s all too easy to build lists in our minds of all things we don’t have.
Perhaps, however, our happiness depends more upon what we give, rather than what we get.
A good place to start, then, is with compassion, the powerful practice of caring more about other people, places and things...than our own immediate desires.
One of the hallmarks of a person who lives a deep, rich, fulfilling life is compassion. We often recognize compassion in people by their grand gestures. Compassionate people tend to:
Help little old ladies across the street
Rescue birds with broken wings
See the good in difficult people
Volunteer for the dirty work
Make good listeners
There are some more subtle hints, however, which will tell you whether or not you’re in the company of a compassionate person. He or she does not:
The Dalai Lama said, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
We all know that compassion is central to an awakened and fulfilling life. We are here, say some spiritual masters, to help others. But notice the second part of the Dalai Lama's quote. Compassion isn't just about making others happy. It's the key to our own happiness as well.
So just practice compassion and everything will fall into place. Easy, right?
Not exactly! If it were that simple, wouldn't everyone be masters of compassion? Wouldn't we all be far more concerned with the needs of others than our own? And wouldn't the world be a far gentler and loving place?
Instead, we sometimes feel that selfishness overshadows compassion. Greed, ego, narcissistic behavior dominate the cultural landscape. Often these are the character traits that produce high profile people we think of as successful.
It seems that where some celebrities are concerned, their primary talent is simply to be brash, self-centered, and vain. Don't get me wrong, not all successful people or celebrities are narcissistic ego-maniacs. But it should be clear even to the casual observer that concepts like compassion command less attention than their opposites.
So, what does it take to be a compassionate person today?
There are some common things you might expect to see a compassionate person do. Perhaps they help old ladies cross the street. Maybe they stop what they're doing to help a sick or wounded animal who is suffering. They might be found working in a homeless shelter or nursing home.
Many of us have done compassionate acts in our lives, perhaps frequently. And yet in most cases, those actions don't automatically give us the kind of happiness we're after. Maybe being compassionate extends beyond a to-do list.
Maybe it's not just about the actions, but the intentions behind them and the spirit in which they're done.
If you pay close attention to a truly compassionate person, you may notice some much more subtle attributes that provide clues to their happiness. It would be rare, for example, to find a truly happy and compassionate person criticizing others behind their backs. You probably wouldn't see them lose their cool in a traffic jam or speak insulting words to others. They would be less likely to hold grudges and tell lies.
Now, a little bit of kibitzing between friends doesn't necessarily make you a bad or selfish person. But the question a compassionate person has asked and answered for themselves is:
"Does this serve the highest and best good for myself and others?"
That question will take you on an inward journey, because your outward actions are a direct reflection of your internal thoughts and feelings.
If you’re feeling fear, turmoil or stress on the inside, it will surely manifest in your actions, and will directly impact the quality of the results in your life.
The deep practice of compassion has tremendous healing power.
Say someone offends you. He or she works against you, tests your patience, hurts your feelings, or downright pisses you off.
You have two internal choices:
Stew about it
The consequences of stewing about it are these:
You loop in resentment and anger. You “take the poison, expecting the other person to die.” You also automatically attract more people, situations and things that…
...offend you in the same way, over and over.
The consequences of practicing compassion, on the other hand, are these:
You automatically attract more goodness into your life
You experience more peace and greater fulfillment
You become a bright, shining example for others
Your relationships run deeper and smoother
You dwell on a higher plane of existence
It’s important to note: This all starts inside YOU.
When you have compassion for yourself, and can forgive your own mistakes and shortcomings, and make amends where needed, you can more freely forgive…
...and have compassion for others.
Depending on how you choose to look at it: People who offend you in some way, are actually giving you a gift. In his seminal book, The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama writes:
“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”
Here’s an excerpt from the much loved and widely popular, Simple Prayer, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:
“Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand, to be consoled as to console, to be loved as to love.”
This is an extraordinarily powerful mantra that embodies the powerful practice of compassion. Try it for yourself, everyday, and just watch what happens!
There are many such prayers, mantras and practices for developing a mind and heart of compassion. Find one that suits you and put it to work. The person who most directly benefits from your compassion towards other people, places and things…
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