I think in terms of being rather than doing, so I want to be compassion rather than do compassion. My friend Peace Paul expresses a similar thought here, a well-written post about starting with compassion for yourself and for what you can touch.
In today’s media-saturated world, it can feel like we are in perpetual crisis. A full panoply of suffering assaults us on every side – news of murders, wars, disease, famine, environmental destruction, social injustices, etc. Every issue is important and horrifying and overwhelming.
Unfortunately, there is little we can do to address many of these evils. They are often far removed from our field of influence, occurring in other cities, states, or countries. They can be very complex, involving whole communities or nations. What seems right to us may be wrong for others. There is rarely a solution that does not entail suffering or hardship for some of the people involved. Even small issues that arise in our own neighborhoods can be knotty messes that feel intractable.
If we are not careful, we may lose all hope. Our anger at injustice can easily turn into frustration and despair. Anger, after…
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