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COMPASSION

DAY 46 Mar. 16: The thought for today is COMPASSION. Mother Teresa implored us to “find someone who thinks he is alone and let him know that he is not.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”   –The 14th Dalai Lama

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

-Albert Einstein
Compassion is about both relieving suffering and about celebration (which also relieves suffering by putting it in a context of gratitude).  With compassion comes a greatness of heart. Compassion arises when we allow our heart to be touched by the pain and needs of others.

Today: I will engage compassion to lead my actions, my words and my life.

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