The heart and soul of an empath is easily hurt by the pain of others with whom they feel a connection. This is a valuable reminder from Thích Nhất Hạnh…
The other part of this, in my opinion, is that person who makes you suffer has to be willing to see their “suffering is spilling over” and the fact that they “need help.”
Until the suffering being, who takes out their pain on others, is willing to own their suffering and get help, they will keep hurting people. We are helpless but to offer them prayers and compassion, while we shield our hearts.
My life is rich. Today, I re-mind myself that my life abundant in so many ways. I am grateful for my family and friends who are actively a part of my rich and wonderful life, those who lift me up when I am down and applaud me when I am up. Abundance comes in many forms, I take care to recognize the abundance in my life that is not monetary, but rich in love and the substance of caring and compassion. In this I know, I am abundant.
Photo: Sunset on the Salt Pannes at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey
Today, I re-mind myself that everyday is an opportunity to be the best person I can in all of my interactions with others. It is that simple… I affirm to myself that in practicing communication and compassion, I am fostering change.
The question for me daily, is how can I make a difference in the world? With keen eyes and a listening ear, as I strive to understand the problems of world, I affirm each day, that every voice for social justice matters. Every heart filled with compassion matters. Every soul exuding empathy matters. I can not solve the problems of the world, but I know that in my own way, I contribute each day to making a difference.
We are all flowers blossoming in our own unique ways and we make choices each day about how we show up to those around us and the world. Today, I choose to show up as a radiant flower, in full blossom, with an open heart and an open mind, expressing compassion and acceptance towards each person whom I meet. I recognize that the petals of a flower are symbolic of the open heart and mind which I possess and cultivate each day as one cultivates a garden of flowers.
On Sunday, I drove into Boston to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on the subject of his latest book, Beyond Religion. A performance by Massachusetts’ own James Taylor national treasure, opened the event. The event was well attended with an estimated sold out crowd of 2500.
With everyone in the ballroom standing, as His Holiness stepped onto the stage, the Dalai Lama took his seat on the stage and signaled to the crowd to sit.
“Very strong light,” he said as he put on his customary visor cap that he wears often when speaking on a well lighted stage. He then walked over to Friar Thomas Keating and Brother David Steindl-Rast, the two Catholic priests also on the discussion panel and pulled their Monks’ hoods up to shield their eyes from the strong light as well. His Holiness is well known for his sense of humor which is often directed towards himself, and one finds him chuckling with glee when he steps into the mode of the holy trickster.
Courtesy of Manohar Srikanth
Expressing his joy in the Catholic Priests joining him for the discussion, the Dalai Lama said, “These days I feel I am quite old, but with them… I am young!” Continue reading