What is compassion?
Sympathy and concern for the misfortunes of others. Feelings of sorrow for others misfortune. Relating to the misfortune of others. Compassion is a very simple concept that is often very hard to grasp. The problem is not the concept of compassion. The issue is deeper than that. The problem is love. One cannot display compassion without first displaying love. When we love ourselves, we have no problem loving other people.
I think the media plays a big part in the lack of love for ourselves. We are constantly being sold the dream that we should be a little thinner, make a little more money, live in a bigger house, and only drive newest cars. There is a makeup product to cover up every single imperfection that anyone could possibly have. We are constantly hiding behind the clothes and the cars and the expensive purses. These things cover our insecurities. Our insecurities and imperfections keep us from fully loving ourselves, when in actuality we should embrace these things and love ourselves even more for being an individual. No one on this earth is perfect. When we learn to embrace our imperfections, we will learn to truly love ourselves. Then and only then will we be able to truly love others.
There is an Amish proverb that says “Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place“. To me, that sums up compassion completely. When others hurt, we should be concerned. At the end of the day, we are all human beings trying to make it. If you are interested in more of my rambling please check out one of my earlier posts about Late Night Blues.
Question of the day: Why is it so hard for us to love ourselves and open our hearts to others?