“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama
Last November, I wrote a series called 30 Days of Gratitude in honor of the season. Today, I introduce to you 30 Days of Compassion, an exercise in cultivating happiness. Please join me here over the next several weeks as I explore practicing compassion for self and others. I don't promise to write every day (an act of self compassion), but I hope I do.
A few things have inspired this exercise, but mostly it is a feeling that has been hanging around me for far too long. A quiet sense of uneasiness that keeps getting a little louder. As a mother, a daughter, a friend and a wife, I deeply wish for everyone around me to be happy and free of suffering. And I wish this for myself. But as life has it, we all suffer on some level. My father is ill and has been hospitalized for over a month; my children can't have everything they want; my husband is overwhelmed at work; friends are short on time, rest, help, money...
And so, I feel "called" to better understand compassion as a way to quiet the uneasiness building within and around me. I hope you will join me on this journey towards joy!