How many of us really thought about what it means to have “Compassion”? But first, I would like to define it.
One definition of compassion is someone who shows kindness or empathy.
It can also be defined as sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
What does compassion mean to you?
We often think of showing compassion for someone, by giving a gift or money.
However, let us consider a definition which does not require others to suffer?
What if compassion is simply the active expression of acceptance for people just as they are? If it entailed a state of mind where there is no judgement about a situation or a person.
True compassion is being able to look at others without expectations that they should be any different. However, we may still hold a vision of possibilities for them, but we don’t have to use it as a standard of compassion for rejecting where they are right now.
With the holiday season approaching, some may feel a need to show compassion to those they deem “Misfortunate”.
Giving a gift, (monetary or otherwise) or volunteering at a local shelter, are admirable ways to show compassion for others. Although, sometimes the best action you can take to help alleviate someone’s emotional suffering, is to simply be present with your attention on the person.
To just quietly sit and listen to someone sends a powerful message of compassion towards them. This simple act may cultivate a seed of change that can bring a new perspective.
However, we cannot ignore the physical needs of others’ as well. For example, if someone is suffering from hunger, then it is more appropriate to provide nourishing food. If someone is in emotional pain, then bring your love and unconditional acceptance.
Showing compassion ( not just during the holiday season), is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is only through compassion that one may achieve the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment.
Until next time.