I’ve been inspired lately to learn about compassion. Not just compassion for our “tribe,” which comes pretty naturally, but for those not in our tribe. It’s not easy to find compassion for people we don’t like, we don’t agree with or that behave in difficult ways.
I’ve found that this definition helps me find compassion in tough situations…
Like learning any new skill, being more compassionate takes practice. But the effort is worth it. Here’s why:
4 Surprising Things About Compassion
- Being compassionate makes us happier
- The more we practice compassion, the more it becomes instinctual
- It is at the core of most faiths and spiritual practices
- It contributes to many other virtues, like kindness, generosity and curiosity
This Albert Einstein quote sums it up perfectly, “We are part of the whole which we call the universe, but it is an optical delusion of our mind that we think we are separate. This separateness is like a prison for us. Our job is to widen the circle of our compassion so we feel connected with all people and situations.”
So on we go… along this long and bumpy journey to become one human race.