7 Compassion Tips That Change Our World
We All have moments of doubt and uncertain moments where patience runs thin. Trying to manage issues with work, family, or moments when people let you down. Try to remember this the next time you feel these uncertainties. If you take time to look at people through that light of compassion, everything changes. By asking yourself what do I really know about this person? Despite seeing this person everyday, do I know their circumstances, experiences, or sufferings? If we’re able to remind ourselves that each of us is unique and worthy of hope and compassion, the situation can change. It comes down to the simple act of listening and respecting others with kindness.
- ACCEPT DISAGREEMENTS AND DIFFERENT OPINIONS.
As thinking creatures, we form opinions on a variety of issues. These opinions are a product of various factors – environment, home life, upbringing, and emotional experiences. Where there are people, there are different opinions. I find it extremely challenging when confronting different opinions. Many of us have been conditioned to believe our way is the best way, and others need to conform to our logic. Once we realize that we’re not here to conform, we’re here to experience and connect. It’s a tough one for me to swallow however, confrontations arise to teach us something.
Truly listening to others is a seemingly lost skill for many people today. Just look around and notice how many people are swiping and typing away on their phones, looking somewhere else to direct their attention. To be compassionate means to not just hear, but to listen to others. Making it a point to look someone in their eyes and provide feedback throughout the conversation shows active listening, a tremendous skill to have, and one that can show compassion.
- EMPATHIZE WITH OTHERS.
The best description of empathy, would be putting yourself in other’s shoes, and looking at the world through their eyes. To empathize with someone does not necessarily mean to sympathize with them. It’s not quite as simple as “taking to heart” someone else’s circumstances. To empathize means to make the conscious attempt to trade places with the person and gain perspective. Your ability to show empathy, is extremely powerful. By honing this trait, your relationships will prosper!
- GET INVOLVED IN A GREATER PURPOSE.
Group movements focused on a greater purpose, become an expression of compassion. Advocating and volunteering through the giving of yourself, your time, and your money are where significant changes occur.
- DEMONSTRATE ACCEPTANCE.
To demonstrate acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean that you agree with someone, rather you accept someone out of respect for the dignity of that individual. Recognizing and appreciation the differences, simply for what they are.
- PRACTICE ACTS OF KINDNESS.
Performing acts of kindness doesn’t require anything other than a willingness to take action focused on benefiting others. Formulating a daily practice, will eventually become something effortless that improves the world you live in.
- WAKE UP TO GRATITUDE.
Kick off your morning with a big bowl of gratitude! This is the true “breakfast of champions”. This small step acts like a ball rolling down the hill, momentum has been built up to feel gratitude and compassion.
Here is a quote by the Dalai Lama:
“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
When you start to implement these 7 steps, you’ll begin to remove fear from your life. This action in turn, begins to allow compassion to flow freely unleashing hope in ourselves and others.
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Wade W. Bergner