Today, I say a silent prayer for those who are compelled by fear. I recognize that fear is a cry for love. I understand that an emotional or physical attack is a cry for love. I open my arms and heart to those who are afraid to love. I practice compassion, acceptance and understanding and pray that all fear will one day be replaced with love in the hearts and minds of all sentient beings. ~ Namaste… Pamela
We can not avoid painful things in the pursuit of happiness. To push painful things down, away from the surface of our lives, leaves us to experience those painful things over and over again, until we take the time to work through those painful things…
“The innocent mistake that keeps us caught in our own particular style of ignorance, unkindness, and shut-downness is that we are never encouraged to see clearly what is, with gentleness. Instead, there’s a kind of basic misunderstanding that we should try to be better than we already are, that we should try to improve ourselves, that we should try to get away from painful things, and that if we could just learn how to get away from the painful things, then we would be happy.” ~ Pema Chodron
The longer we avoid dealing with our grief, our pain, our sadness, a misunderstanding, whatever the issue, the great the storm that brews in our lives. To choose happiness in our lives does not mean we can ignore that which makes us unhappy. Find closure, make peace, practice forgiveness…
“Today, I re-mind myself that it is ever important to be honest with myself and others. I acknowledge that when I deceive others, I am deceiving myself, so in that, I strive daily to be true to myself and others. For I know that when I am true to myself, I create the space and energy to be true to others. Today, I strive to be a gentle voice of truth and reason in all circumstances and relationships. Truth subjective as it may be at times, is the cornerstone of a wise intellect and a good heart. Truth fosters compassion and acceptance, and brings about change.” – Pamela J. Leavey
To cultivate compassion, you must respond to the needs of others.
To practice joy, you must contribute to the joy of others.
Walk your talk… You must follow through with your intent.
Namaste ~ Pamela
This is about being compassionate with ourselves…
Today, I re-mind myself that an open heart that is sincere and compassionate fuels my own confidence and self-esteem as well as giving comfort and solace to others. I acknowledge that my open heart may be vulnerable to grief and sadness as well as happiness and joy, however all relationships bring teachings that we may learn from them. All relationships are assignments… There is something we must learn, something we must give, something we must receive in those assignments. This is all part of the lesson.
Photo: Snowy Owl ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey