SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does compassion, encompassing all its "true names", mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you were touched by such compassion, either within you or from someone else? What practice helps you find such compassion?
I blessedly came across this poem during Ram Dass Yoga of Relatinships e-course highlighting the state of oneness. God Bless.
Wow! Amazing words! They help me to see myself in everyone and everything - not just the aspects of life I like to be part of, but also inspire me to not avert my eyes from aspects of life that are difficult to look at or to be with - and use them to help me see and accept parts of myself that may be hidden.
Very inspiring to help accept all that is.
Helps me to understand the word interbeing much better. Thank you.
In Thich Nhat Hanh poem, Real names for me are the states of consciousness that are arising in all living beings at various stagesof evolutionary life. Acceptance of this creative dance of life through the lens of compassion is where we are being pulled towards. This helps while struggling with the presence of egoic tendencies in self and others while marveling at the goodness and wonder present around us.
Compassion is only possible when I can first embrace my own humanity, where I've grown & where I've not yet grown, and where I am in the process. If I cannot forgive myself my own humanity, how can I forgive others theirs? And if I can allow and trust the process of growth in nature all around me, can I not accept it in myself and you?
We.ve got to learn to forgive and one way is by seeing ourselves in our persecutor(s). Being Jewish, I've had a particularly difficult time having compassion for the Nazi's but just as the poet sees himself as also the pirate rapist of a 12 year old girl whose heart has not yet learned to love , so too can I see myself as both the persecuted one and the Nazi who "knows not what he does". Forgiveness and compassion are necessary not just for those we forgive but maybe even more so for ourselves for we cannot spiritually unfold with bitterness and hatred in our hearts.
Hi this is such a beautiful poem and thanks for sharing, but if my real name is compassion then how I can cause pain?
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.[Hide Full Comment]
One of the phrases that helps me find and share compassion with everyone is, "we are all tall children." I also remember, Hurt people, hurt people. Healed people, heal people. This means we have the choice to view everyone as a child, not in a demeaning way, but in a way that we can see their innocence, their hurt, their heart and we can offer kindness and compassion. No one is born hurting others, it is learned through pain. Those who hurt us are often unaware of how deep their actions affect us. Compassion and kindness go a long way in building a bridge between us. Hugs from my heart to yours.
Compassion is like unconditional love, not bound by right or wrong or good or evil laws.Compassion has no boundaries or barriers. Compassion is like mercy offered to any one regardless of flaws. I used to begin my classes with meditation in a state university . There was no reference to any religion.The students loved it and they found it very helpful for relaxing their body and quieting their mind. One of the professors objected to starting my classes with meditation in a state university. It took the turn of a scandal. According to me, I was not violating any law as meditation is not religious. In his eyes, I was trying to convert the students to follow a religion. This situation presented a great learning opportunity for me to apply compassion to my apparently adversarial colleague.I requested him to visit my class any day and then make a judgment about what I was doing. He accepted my invitation and it resulted in a respectful and cordial genuine relationship. Practicing compassion has made me humble and has helped me keep my heart open to relate to others with no expectation in return.
Compassion, like unconditional love, is a spontaneous emotion with no agenda for getting anything in return.It is not imposed on anybody.It is not offered when someone asks for it.When I see someone in pain or hurting, I deeply feel for that person and offer my helping hand to him. A compassionate act does not look for a reward in return. It is an offering from the heart. Compassionate actions have enriched and fulfilled my heart.
This poem eloquently expresses the beauty of compassion and kindness. I read it over and over and it feels my heart with joyful gratitude.
May we feel compassion for us, for the people close to us and far away from us, and especially those who disagree with us and may hurt our feelings.
Jagdish P dave