The Compassion Practice

 

The Compassion Practice

 

 When feeling disconnected from the compassionate essence of yourself or another:

1. Catch Your Breath (Get Grounded)

Get some emotional and physical distance. Take a walk, rest in silence, meditate, consult with a friend, take a deep breath–whatever helps you get centered and reconnected to the Sacred.

 2. Take Your Pulse (Cultivate Compassion for Yourself)

Recalibrate your pulse to the pulse of compassion. This entails:

Paying attention: Cultivate a non-judgmental awareness toward whatever is stirring within you.

Understanding empathically: Listen for the hidden suffering within your interior states: the fear, longing, wound, or stifled gift aching to be tended.

Loving with connectedness: As you are moved by the suffering within, extend care toward the need or wound that presents itself.

Sensing the Sacred: Invite a Sacred presence (the Holy Spirit, Jesus, a healing light, etc.) to hold and heal the suffering within you.

Embracing new life: Allow yourself to absorb and embody the life-giving qualities being restored within you.

3. Take Their Pulse (Cultivate Compassion for the Other)

Connect with the heartbeat within the other person. This entails:

Paying attention: Cultivate a non-reactive awareness of what the person is doing and how they are doing it.

Understanding empathically: Listen for the hidden suffering within their emotions or behavior: the fear, longing, wound, or stifled gift aching to be tended.

Loving with connectedness: As you are moved by the suffering within them, extend care toward the need or wound that surfaces.

Sensing the Sacred: Invite a Sacred presence to hold and heal the suffering within them.

Embracing new life: Notice and commit to the life-giving qualities wanting to be restored within them.

 4. Decide What To Do (Discern Compassionate Action)

Grounded in compassion, both for yourself and the other person, discern those actions that most participate with the Sacred’s yearning for healing and life.

 

 

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