Listening to the news with people yelling at others and not listening to one another can be quite stressful for people watching and the people communicating their thoughts. These days, this confrontation is becoming more common, sad to say.
This scenario doesn't only happen in the news; it happens to each one of us online or in real life, young and old, male and female. This month's challenge is to bring forth more compassion toward one another. It may sound like a huge challenge for the month, but hopefully, by the end of the month, we will be on our way to becoming more compassionate toward others. Let's start with first figure out what compassion means.
Compassion is different than Empathy
I found that Paul Dalton says it best in his YouTube video, Empathy Versus Compassion. He talks about empathy as being a way to relate to where someone is emotionally. Compassion is more about relating to the other, not only where they are emotionally, but also taking actions to help them out of wanting to assist them.
Why should we be more compassionate to others?
Being more compassionate to others is needed in this day and age of global communication. We have our opinions but so do others. Instead of saying they are wrong or discounting them all together, start by asking more questions to find out why they feel the way they do. This simple act helps you become more aware of others view points and in turn, helps you become more mindful of the fact that others are going through similar experiences. As a result of showing your compassion toward others, hopefully they will also be willing to understand other people around them and will spread the word that we are all in this world together and we can all use a little guidance and compassion. Remember a good act can spread like wild fire when there's several people taking part in the wind.
Where should we start?
We can be compassionate toward anyone. The poor and the wealthy, family, friends, strangers, teachers, lawyers, politicians, anyone that is in need. We share this with anyone in our work or personal life. Try to be compassionate to everyone each day.
How can we be compassionate to others?
Well, this is the number one question, isn't it? Here are ways to practice compassion this month.
- Ask yourself the following questions: How can I be of service to others? What can I offer others that will help them better their situation?
- Remember that everyone has their own path to figuring out their lives and that we are here to assist not judge.
- Listening to others by making eye contact and putting down the devices.
- Practice forgiveness and acceptance toward others as well as for ourselves.
- Remember that fear can stop you from being compassionate toward another so be aware of how fear is affecting you. Ask yourself questions like, why am I scared to be compassionate? Why is this stopping me from taking action to help another?
- Practice forgiveness toward others and of course, yourself. If you feel hurt by someone, instead of judging them, remember that they are human too and they make mistakes just like you do. If you made a mistake, would you want to be judged?
- Find a place to volunteer once a week or once a month. Help out at your kids school. Help delivery food. Find something that will bring you closer to others in your community.
There you have it, this month's challenge. I know this challenge may seem overwhelming so take your time and decide on one habit you want to change to help you get closer to being more compassionate toward others. To help you even further, I found excellent videos and posts that talk about give different examples of how to become more compassionate. I hope they help you get a better understanding of the topic.
Posts to Read about compassion this month:
Compassion Videos to watch this month:
Let's show one another we are in this world together. Let's continue the conversation. Do you have any tips on how to stay more compassionate toward others? Please leave a comment below.
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