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The Art of Compassion

In today’s busy and hectic world, it sometimes takes a conscious choice to practice Compassion. Mindfulness Fosters Compassion Have you ever found yourself standing in line for a ticket, when someone pushes in front of you saying they’re going to miss their train if they don’t get their ticket quickly? You have two choices, either to be really annoyed and irritated or to show compassion and extend forgiveness. Of course, you don’t know whether they would miss their train or not, as you don’t know their situation … but to extend your forgiveness by trying to put yourself in their shoes, to appreciate their situation is much harder to do. For all you know, they might have young children in daycare or school, and if they miss their train, they won’t be back in time to pick them up. I’m fascinated on a spiritual level that many of us don’t always see that compassion is all about that deep level of connectiveness between ourselves and others. Being able to demonstrate compassion proves that we can push the boundaries of our tolerance and understanding beyond what we believe. It’s worth the time and effort to explore how to push that boundary of understanding further, and with practice, it’s possible to become even more compassionate. I find that mindfulness is a simple way to foster more compassion. For over 3,000 years people of all cultures have practiced the art of mindfulness. It’s a state of being that improves your overall emotional well-being by being more present in the moment, and in doing so, increases compassion for yourself and others. The act of mindfulness instills calm – both in the young and old alike. When you start to act mindfully, you become more aware of your feelings, and when those feelings become overpowering...

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