Compassion… step by step

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You can cultivate compassion and loving-kindness in the smallest ways. Start with someone specifically that you know and care about, and wish for their happiness, well-being, and freedom. Then think of a person you know only casually, someone who is neutral in your life, and wish these same things for them. Then work up to a someone you would consider an enemy, and have these thoughts for this person as well, wishing for their happiness, well-being, and freedom. Cultivate compassion and loving-kindness by focusing your thoughts and wishes for one specific person at a time, and eventually you will see that your compassion and loving-kindness will become indiscriminate and universal for all people.

(Photo by Darla Winn)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have tried to tell people this for years and usually all I get is strange looks, or viciously hostile attitudes along with vicious verbal assaults… I know it is right though.

    It is difficult to do for people that act like enemies, but it is the right thing to do.

    Thanks for the encouragement and the confirmation. : )

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