A definition of compassion is feeling what needs to be done, and acting on it with kindness.
On the earth level, I feel that going through and helping heal from catastrophic natural disasters including tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and more are opportunities to rise above self-centeredness, and realize our stance as interconnected with our world family.
And, as we usually act for our family and relatives, we are learning to stretch our embrace around our world family with kind acts through compassion.
Spending time in meditation is like taking a mini-retreat, in fact it is a retreat into the quiet space of our mind and stillness of our body.
In the quiet of reflection and meditation we have time to think over and plan just how we can arrange our lives to serve the highest good. It is in doing this that we develop qualities of compassion and kindness and in turn become personally happier, too. It feels good to be kind, compassionate and helpful.
Events in recent times have been so catastrophic to so many of us in the world family that we have been almost forced to reach out to unknown neighbors and world citizens for help.
And in turn, those of us able to give our time and energy and resources have turned from indulging in small self-centered satisfactions to extending kindness toward the larger need.
I see our little bit of time on earth as a testing ground. We arrive through birth, and dependent on others, strive to survive. And as we grow into adulthood we learn how to become self-sufficient, and then extend ourselves through family responsibilities to care for our self and others.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer; photo of meadow in The Netherlands by Stan Schaap. The flowering meadow is a reminder to allow others the space to grow as they will with or without our permission.
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