Very nice post! :)
Compassion is so important, and yet so misunderstood in our society. It does not mean going down to the level of the person or nations suffering - that would be like breaking my own arm because someone else has broken theirs. And that is why there are wars - people fighting back from the same level of consciousness that is attacking them.
Instead, being compassionate and forgiving is to see the Truth in the other, the Love, the Presence, the Beauty. To overlook the pain and suffering, seeing beyond it to what is real. That way, you can stay in that feeling of Love & Groundedness, and act from there. Like Gandhi, this Peace would then extend out to other minds, and help them heal, too.
I thought the last part of the article about the rain during the walking meditation was a bit separate and different to the rest.