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  1. Malag

    I’ll take this as a reminder that I can direct my compassion inwards as well as outwards, particularly where my emotions are challenging. There can be a softening in the midst of them.

    2 years ago
  2. mam_gigi

    I am trying to show compassion through patience and withholding judgment. I sometimes see that others cannot meet my expectations, and I am tempted to be annoyed or critical, but I try to withhold any negativity until I have heard their side and see where they are coming from. I read a piece of advice, which stated we should always assume people are trying their best, and we should never leap to the conclusion that people are deliberately being negligent, but rather that everyone is human and subject to limitation, and we should show others the grace we ourselves hope to receive.

    2 years ago
  3. Love Abundantly

    I’m cultivating and showing compassion by placing myself in a training to become a better listener. By learning to listen and practicing it I mindfully respond in a compassionate tone

    2 years ago
  4. d
    db82258

    How can I foster growth with sympathetic consciousness?

    My family had a tea and candle lighting moment to honor our Mother. A sister refused to join in and shared unpleasant feelings about each of us.

    All people deserve compassion, I have read that the hardest thing for a person to do is extend love where there is hate.

    I can show love by not responding in kind and by not speaking ill of her with the others.

    All the world needs love and compassion now, especially the children, children everywhere, they are innocent and have not choice.

    2 years ago
  5. Nina

    Right now I am showing compassion to a co-worker who needs to pass a certification. She is worried about failing the test. Although I have already passed, I can still remember the anxiety of taking the test and the fear of my peers finding out whether I passed or not. No one needs that much pressure. I let her know that I would be willing to help her come up with some test taking strategies and just tried to encourage her.

    2 years ago
  6. Cheryle

    Praying for those in the Ukraine and those in Russia who are so against what is happening.

    2 years ago
  7. Alex K

    By asking my husband how he feels and if he´s lacking something right now, if he needs something. Also by adding some extra love when feeding the cats, giving them some extra pets… and thinking of my online friend who happens to be Russian and was in Russia since Decembre to say farewell to his mom. He was pulled by the military and not even his roommates have had more contact than 2 phonecalls 2 mins each ever since he left Berlin.

    2 years ago
  8. Elaine

    Simply by being friendly and appreciative in exchanges with shop workers as I do my “rounds”. Grateful for security and predictability.
    Sending financial support and prayers for Ukraine.

    2 years ago
  9. RJergens

    Coming back to work after being gone for two weeks, could be stressful if I didn’t have so much gratefulness for my staff and their capacity to manage everything. Compassion shows up in allowing things to not be perfect.

    2 years ago
  10. O.Christina

    As many do today and onward, holding the Ukraine and our fellow people over there in heart and prayer; lit a candle; spoke to a friend tonight who is part of a group of about 80 people who will pray together tomorrow all at the same time to support them energetically. One could think what a small group compared to a country and feel helpless; albeit it is “Love in action”, which counts and adds to offer support to those people in acute need (a notion recently read in an essay of Katie Steedly Curling cited in our local Gratefulness gathering group).

    2 years ago
  11. M
    MemoPC

    By offering a listen ear to my 90 year old mom whose last sibling died in January and now adjusts to another elderly relative going to a nursing home. I remember my mother in law saying many years ago that getting older is not for sissies and that is true for many reasons.

    2 years ago
  12. Linda

    I am holding the people of Ukraine in my heart, sending money to the International Red Cross, and hoping a cease fire will happen today.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Oh, dear, Linda – they do need you!

      2 years ago
  13. Holly in Ohio

    I am “cleaning the slate” of transgressions and being patient and kind, and still reaching out.

    I’m caring for and comforting an elderly cat.

    I’m donating items and food to those in need.

    2 years ago
  14. B
    BasicMarsh

    We are helping some Afghan refugees resettle in our city through our church.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      That’s wonderful, BasicMarsh

      2 years ago
  15. Barb C

    Listening to my husband, who is wrestling with the challenges of Type 2 diabetes and its effects on him as an amateur athlete who’s serious about his training (for bike racing), as well as the changes in his diet as he tries a vegan approach. I’m a vegetarian and generally happy to go along with this but I’m also reminded to feel compassion for myself as I keep my frustration over our stockpile of cheese and longing for a big batch of lasagne to myself. I joke a bit but he’s been through several plans that keep changing how (and sometimes whether) I can cook for both of us. I love to cook and he loves my cooking and this has been hard on both of us since his diagnosis last September. The prospect of the rest of his life being like this has him very down even though he hopes to bring his blood glucose down enough to lose the diagnosis. That’s at the personal and immediate level. Like all of us I’m thinking of the world in all its turmoil and terror. Not only in Ukraine but also the terrible actions in Texas toward trans teens and their parents, and other acts of ignorance and hate across the country.

    2 years ago
  16. Mary Pat

    By remembering that people who are judgemental and “hard” are in pain themselves, and unhappy. And then pray loving kindness for them.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Mary Pat – that’s a good thing to remember about people! Warm wishes to you –

      2 years ago
  17. Carol

    The word compassion has always fascinated me. “COM-to be with.” and “PASSSION-to feel.” In Latin, “compati means “to suffer with.” Some refer to compassion as “walking in the other’s shoes.” You have to be careful about that as it can lead to burnout. I try to remember that to truly be compassionate I have to feel but choose to deal. Compassion calls me to act, to help, but to remember that I can’t fix any one else. I think every one has a need to be heard. Cultivating listening skills has helped me be compassionate with my self and others. Journaling helps me sort out feelings and stay honest with myself. Knowing oneself is a gift to all we meet. I pray for wisdom in all situations.

    2 years ago
  18. Charlie T

    I will attempt to listen to others, without judgment or projecting my personal story on to them.

    2 years ago
  19. Laura

    Everything starts from within. It’s difficult to show compassion to others if I can’t give it to myself.
    I begin by recognizing my critical interior voice for what it is — a real downer of a “roommate” — then with more realistic expectations of myself I can focus on others.

    2 years ago
  20. Patricia

    In my prayers for Ukraine…. but I’m also sadly filled with feelings of dread.

    2 years ago
    1. Y
      Yram

      I am with you in these thoughts.

      2 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    I’m cultivating and showing compassion to myself right now, as I sit here post-meditation and journaling, allowing myself to relax. I have a 4-day weekend this weekend, and I’m so grateful it’s finally here. Work has been exhausting the past few months (let’s get real – it’s been exhausting the past 2 years!), and I decided to start giving myself mini-vacays until it’s time for my husband and I to take a real vacation. Showing myself compassion allows me to share it with others. I’m meeting up with a friend for a walk and some lunch later, and I can’t wait to reconnect with her!

    2 years ago
    1. Y
      Yram

      Enjoy the time. Good self care is in your horizon.

      2 years ago
  22. KUKU

    By feeding street dogs.😍

    2 years ago
  23. Antoinette

    Waking my dog and now I’m going swimming! Both show compassion and help to create joy.

    2 years ago
  24. Maurice Frank

    By carefully choosing my words when I speak, and not speaking when it might be hurtful.

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Hi Maurice, Your answer reminds me of Toltec Wisdom: “Be impeccable with your word. Don’t ake anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best!”

      2 years ago
      1. Barb C

        The four agreements are such a good guide.

        2 years ago
  25. Kevin

    Right now, I am cultivating my skills in making a cup of coffee! (My wife sometimes says to me, “You’re such a literalist sometimes.” I have no idea what she means! 😊)

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Silly Kevin! Thanks –

      2 years ago
    2. Maurice Frank

      Thank you, Kevin, for a morning chuckle.

      2 years ago
  26. Michele

    I’m just waking up and starting my day … I’m enjoying my new floors – although that ended up being a nightmare project. (added costs and no, I have to replace a front door bc it doesn’t fit and no, it’s not wooden, it’s metal so can’t trim it, ugh). I will show compassion for myself as soon as I get home from work and relax, been a very long week. My thoughts and prayers are with Ukraine right now.

    2 years ago
    1. Kevin

      Oh, new floors? Exciting and a huge pain to make happen, Michele. One thing leads to the next, and the next beyond that. Been there/done that! Thank you for reminding me too that my prayers this morning, first and foremost, should be about Ukraine.

      2 years ago
    2. Christine

      Right now I show compassion to you, dear Michele 🤗💛

      2 years ago

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