Compassion written on picture of Buddha

In Sedona we are in different arrays of getting back to work. 
The Corona virus is on the rise here in Arizona and people are cautiously coming to experience the red rocks. Many people are coming here because they need to reconnect with what is important in their lives and their spirituality. The Vortex tours, Spiritual Journey Tours, and learning meditation are perfect for reconnecting to our inner selves and coming into a peaceful place within.

In my desire to see the conflict in the world in a more enlightened way, I decided to watch videos about the Dalai Lama. He is someone who has lived through tremendous hardship and maintains compassion for everyone, including what would be considered his “enemies”.

I came across a story told by the Dalai Lama about his escape from Tibet in the 1950’s. During that time the Chinese invaded Tibet destroying 6,000 temples and killing over a million people, including monks and nuns.

One of several monks were captured and put in a Chinese prison. His Holiness said this monk was released 18 years later, and found his way to him in India. 

The Dalai Lama asked him, “Were you ever in danger?” (He was actually was asking if he were ever in any physical danger). The monk replied, “Yes, twice.” “What happened”? asked the Dalai Lama. The monk replied, “I almost lost my compassion twice.”

To be consistently in such a state of compassion really rocked my world. This is how I want to be in the world all the time. As I watch current events in the world. There is so much divisiveness, chaos and uncertainty. It is easy to get pulled in many directions.

Of course to find ourselves coming back to our own inner peace more easily than we may have in the past, is a great attainment. Yet to be in such a state of compassion in the moment something is happening is an intention worth holding.

I can get to a place of compassion when I put my attention on it. But what would it be like to just have that compassion as an understanding in real time, all the time?

What does it mean to have compassion? It is this deep allowance of letting people be who they are, and understanding that if we had all of their experiences of life, we too, would make the same decisions.

It never means condoning harmful behavior, but it does mean you have compassion for someone who can’t make a different decision than you think they ‘should’. If they could they would.

In my own life I finally could finally forgive my father, when I found it in my heart to have compassion for him. Before that I was just angry. When I really understood his life, I realized I wouldn’t want to have had his life. He was born in a time when there was no self help or any inner help at all really. 

He had no options to be anything other than who he was. The fact that this man did as well as he did is a testament to his desire to have love, he just didn’t know how to extend himself in a loving way. When I finally had compassion for him then I could forgive him and treat him respectfully, and I saw that he really was a good guy.

A great movie that makes this point is ‘The Shack’, directed by Stuart Hazeldiine, in which the main character has to let go of the hatred he has for a man who has caused deep pain in his life, and to forgive him. There are so many amazing teachings in this movie about nonjudgement and letting go. I watch it periodically as a reminder.

Can we expect people to be different? No. There they are, acting in a way that we can’t believe. Any push back from us is just creating more suffering for us.

Again it’s not that we condone bad behavior, but can we meet them with compassion and love, instead of more anger and hatred? It’s a practice!

In A Course In Miracles it is said we are all either calling out for love or demonstrating love. Which one we choose, will determine our state of mind, and it is that which will ripple out into the world from us.

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OOPS! I forgot to mention to close your eyes for the meditation! So remember to gently close your eyes.

A Sedona Meditation made for you to let go and relax….

 

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