Whether you call yourself religious or not, do not forget that compassion has no hierarchy of worthy and unworthy, and it makes no distinctions between the deserving and the undeserving. Wherever there is suffering, there is a need for compassion. We often forget this and instead spue hatred toward those in need. We are so busy protecting what we think is ours and ours alone that we cannot see the suffering of others. We are all here experiencing our humanness together, and we must support one another if we ever want to live in peace. Putting up imaginary walls to protect ourselves or a real one will not protect us, we only think it will. What happens instead is that we lose our humanity; our compassion and most of all our ability to see the truth.
As we remember those that we have lost on this holiday, it is equally important to remember those that are still here, human, animal, and plant and how we treat them. The mistreatment of other human beings, the planet and animals can be seen everywhere these days.
My heart is heavy now with those that I have lost in recent years, but today I mourn those that still live on this planet with me. I hope that each one of us will take a moment to let go of our pain, bias, misguided and conditioned thinking. To look deep within and connect with our hearts, the true spirit of our religious and spiritual teachings, and to let go of our conditioning long enough to see that we must widen our circle of compassion. We must awaken to the oneness of all things through that which connects us all.
“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”
~ Albert Einstein, 1954.
Remember a time when you where upset, angry or not feeling well and you treated someone poorly. The next time you feel you are treated poorly, realize that they are doing the best that they can in that moment, just as you did. Know that every person who acts poorly towards you is suffering in some way. With this new understanding, release your own suffering in the moment, by being compassionate towards anyone you feel is hurting you.
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