Follow-up Practices for the Value of COMPASSIOATE CARING
A Practice to Cultivate Empathy and Compassion
- Just like me, this person wants to be happy
- Just like me, this person wishes to be free of pain and stress
- Just like me, this person has a body subject to aches, pains and aging.
- Just like me, this person has had many joys and successes.
- Just like me, this person has felt sadness, loss, and pain.
- Just like me, this person desires to love and be loves.
- Just like me, this person aspires to do their best in life.
- Just like me, this person wants peace and happiness.
"For myself I use the Mayan law of “In Lak'ech” which is interpreted as “I am another you, and you are another me.” It sometimes brings up some real discomfort because my feelings don’t always match what I believe to be the reality of the statement. I use it to reach for the humanity within myself and the people around me who are very different from me."
(If you’re a U2 fan check out: I am, another you, In Lak'ech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vBneWFaWmA)
“When I experience Disturbing images or people in the news— if my buttons are pushed— I practice seeing the other as an upaguru (troublesome teacher). I bow and say “thank you for your dedication to my liberation, thank you for reflecting my own disturbance and fearful reactivity back to me in no uncertain terms, thank you, because I know that on the day you next arrive and I no longer react from fear, I will be free. Thank you because I truly want to be able to bring Love to each and every circumstance in this life….please don’t give up on me…”
"Pause to remember “Everyone is doing the best they can…..”
Post-it notes in purposeful places with a reminder to practice/remember values
Whatever Arises, Love That, book by Matt Kahn recommended by Meg Newhouse
The Self-Acceptance Project: How to Be Kind and Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation; A FREE Video Event Series, with Sounds True Free online video series, register here: http://live.soundstrue.com/selfacceptance/
Have Circles/Salons that gather very diverse people and invite them to tell their stories…learning about our differences, as well as, realizing how much we have in common. Charlie Landman
“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.”
If you really knew me you would know that _________. Council prompt used for several rounds…Pam Nichols
When we begin to develop a genuine appreciation of the value of compassion, our outlook on others begins automatically to change. . . Where love of one's neighbor, affection, kindness, and compassion live, we find that ethical conduct is automatic. Ethically wholesome actions arise naturally in the context of compassion.
METTA PRAYER (Elizabeth)
May I be peaceful
May I be well in body and mind
May I be free from suffering and filled with loving kindness
May my heart open in love for myself and all beings
May we be peaceful
May we be well in body and mind
May we be free from suffering and filled with loving kindness
May our hearts open in love for myself and all beings
May all beings be peaceful
May all beings be well in body and mind
May all beings be free from suffering and filled with loving kindness
May the hearts of all beings open in love.