Compassion

By Miller Williams

Have compassion for everyone you meet even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.

 

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Mama Hope

I love the joy in this video and the story behind it. Please check out the Mama Hope website. The video about how it all started is very moving.

 

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Shoes, Socks, and Bare Feet in Dreams

One of the associations that always rings a bell for me when footwear or bare feet appear in my dreams is that this is about my spiritual path. Shoes, in this case, would be the accepted, possibly inherited religious/spiritual beliefs I hold, or those I was raised with. Socks would be an intermediate phase, a […]

Voting for Compassion

It heartened me that this country voted from a place of compassion this last election. Obama’s agenda leans more toward helping those in need of help than Romney’s did, marriage equality made inroads, and even the legalization of marijuana by Colorado and Washington strikes me as a more compassionate stance than prohibition.

By compassion I […]

Dangerous Planks in the Republican Platform

Women of a certain age in the United States have been both schooled in the idea that women are inferior to men, with domestic rather than business duties, and the radical concept espoused by the women’s movement that women are equal to men. I remember a family I went to school with who fought hard […]

Pema Chödrön on Compassion

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ― Pema Chödrön

 

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Thanks to Lisa Schiavone for posting this […]

Measuring Life in Cats

Smoke

A couple of weeks ago, I brought home a rescue cat who is seventeen years old. When I met Smoke, I thought her bony frame was just from being an elderly cat. I’d been through the slow emaciation of another cat, my 21-year-old Tilki, who died almost three years ago, so I was […]

Curiosity and Compassion

Recently a friend shared this thought with me: “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” It struck me, the queen of imagining worst-case scenarios, as good advice, if hard to implement. After all, I have lifelong habits of worrying and being afraid.

Yet I also have the habit of curiosity. It’s what leads me as […]

Dalai Lama on Compassion

Judith Hamilton, Kwan Yin, and Compassion

Sometimes, chance meetings don’t feel so much like chance. Nearly twenty years ago I was in England to do research for my history dissertation when a whole new aspect of my spiritual life opened.

I was staying in a Quaker Hostel in London, spending my days poring over 400 year old books and spending my […]