Reader comment on Thich Nhat Hanh's passage ...
On Jul 11, 2015 david doane wrote:|
Compassion isn't forced on me, but it is available for me, coming from me and to me. Compassion is a natural extension of the fact that all that is is one. Just as it makes sense for me to have compassion for every part of myself, it makes sense for me to be compassionate toward all that is, from the smallest creature that lives to fellow human beings to the planet and to the universe of which I am a part. I am to be compassionate of what I like and don't like, what I consider good and what I consider evil, of the light and the dark. I have been touched by being on the receiving end of compassion, feeling compassion and love from others more than I had for myself, which resulted in my increased compassion for myself and for others. What helps me be compassionate is awareness that we are one, reminding myself of that, reflecting and meditating on that. Others have said "I look across the room and see me" and "the only you I know is me," and statements like that help me be compassionate.