C is for Compassion

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Buddha

These past weeks I have been sick with a combination of chest infections. It was an exercise in loving myself, in allowing myself to rest when I needed it, and most importantly: no pressure. I have finally learned that this quote holds such truth. Besides, when you show compassion to yourself, you heal faster, and are able to be there for others much faster.

Where do you need to give yourself compassion?

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. – Dalai Lama

 I am on Facebook. It is an instrument of so many different things, from really good to really bad.
At the really good side, there is a beauty that never ceases to amaze me: compassion. Just watch the outpouring of it on your friend’s posts, or on posts where you share you are going through tough times. It feels like a warm blanket on a cold afternoon.

Who needs your show of compassion and love?

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Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. – Albert Schweitzer

 I have pondered at great length if I should post this part. I have decided to post because it is my personal truth.

For a little over a year, I am a plant-based foodie. I started for health reasons, but, as so often happens, my reasons rapidly expanded to compassion for the earth and her creatures.

In a way I stay true to my twelve year old self, who became a vegetarian after a visit to a farm where animals were grown for meat. When I was a little older I was forced to eat meat again, and I elected to eat only fish and chicken until I became plant-based last year.

Compassion can also mean you don’t use any plastic anymore, because of the damage it causes to the earth. It can mean you give a coin to a beggar in the street. It can mean showing support to political prisoners.

Where does your compassion want/need to go?

sylvia

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