Compassion Begins at Home

by | May 5, 2013 | Food for Thought | 2 comments

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To Become Compassionate Towards Ourselves

is the first step to

being compassionate towards others.


This notion of mine might defy the thinking of great philosophers.  It might.  Then again, it might not.

Compassion has always been a difficult subject for me.  I never really understood it at all, despite reading great works of enlightened beings.

Recently, I’ve been learning about compassion in my own life.  Here’s what I’ve been discovering.

I have to stop judging myself, both positively and negatively.

To do that requires that I notice when I’m making a judgment.

Then I have to STOP making judgments about myself.

I have to let in more love. 

I have to become open to receiving Love Without Conditions from wherever it comes.

I have to believe I deserve that Love.

I have to be kinder to myself.

I have to be gentler with myself.

I have to become more patient with myself.

A voice inside tells me that this should be easy.  Oops.  There’s that “should” word – indicating I’ve just made a judgment.  How difficult or easy it is to do is just a matter of perception and belief.  I can choose to believe it is easy to learn this and ask for assistance to learn it easily, quickly, effortlessly, painlessly, and lovingly.  I SO CHOOSE.

When I’ve practiced compassion towards myself a bit, I’ll be able to practice compassion more easily towards others.  I’ll notice when I’m being compassionate and when I’m back in the old way of being – judgmental, critical, trying to “fix” another.

When I can accept myself as I am in the moment and LOVE MYSELF no matter what else is going on, that’s compassion.

Hmmm.  I need to keep practicing. ;-).



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  1. Sue

    Nedda this post confirms that you are ineed a Fifth Dimentional philosopher! Thank you for being viligant in your journey as you are leading the way for me and so many more. Enjoy your Sunday!

  2. Dawn

    YesYesYes! This is something that I have been diligently working on. Thank you for sharing this!


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