When life takes us to a crossroad and we are standing there right in the middle of four directions,what do we do?We feel stucked,indecisive and overwhelmed……any direction taken will be a step forward,a step to experience,a chance to learn and grow.
The worse is to let the fear keep us trapped in that location/position without being open to venture into new pastures…..without venturing,how do we know whats true and how do we experience our inner capabilities of strength,courage,wisdom and be open to resiliency.
To conserve our spiritual energies,we gather(pull) ourselves together by way of practicing vigilance,observing and minding our own business so to speak.We watch ourselves inwardly rather than the habitual tendency to look outwardly at others …..to judge, blame,criticise ,mock,put down,slander,compete with,etc…
When we pay attention to our thoughts and intentions(motives),our actions and reactions,our speech and what we mean to say,we watch our bodily sensations to pain and feelings(sense pleasures as well)…we can slowly truly begin to practice the journey towards healing…we can learn to be care-full instead of care-less.So when we watch ourselves with care like a mother watching her baby with tenderness,we can then project respect and understanding for others….allowing ourselves and others to simply be!
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
How beautifully profound Henri Nouwen speaks on compassion………….he is speaking of ourselves,as we each one also suffer the same consequences,,brokenness,anguish,confusion,vulnerabilities, hurts,feeling weak and lonely and grieving.When we relate with another;s pain ,we touch the core of our own human heart,we pierce thru our conscience and raise our consciousness to where we can live authentically and in truth of connectedness to all beings,no one is inferior or superior!………. We learn to understand and be understood,we learn not to aggravate another,we learn to cultivate kindness and respect for our own suffering and that of others….we can embrace ourselves in loving awareness and be human.Sometimes compassion is conveyed to via the inner awakening of Silence……………………………
When we can learn to practice or even try to come to an understanding of the freeing feeling that comes by letting go, to release the need for control of any sort,the clinging tendencies solely to pleasant sensations and ‘high’ moods,we can come close to simply being present to all states we experience(good and bad alike) in equanimity and not get trapped in a yo-yo effect,up and down moody states that affect our own peacefulness and that of others…………………..
How true and life-enhancing potential we as humans have to be able to have choices and options to change for the better in order to benefit our lives spiritually and the lives of others….to help each other pierce the core to see our hearts in love, with love and for love…………………….where harm or fear can no longer reside!
We don’t have to stay where we are in subtle unhappiness and discontent…..we can move into our inner self to make changes for a shift towards positive healthier living!
When we open our hearts to love truly, courageously and selflessly, we witness graces and blessings blooming on the path as we walk thru,yes even sufferings as we face them become joy……
Love is…….always,eternal…..love is what we speak of, or call or know as ‘God’……love is the ‘I Am'(Now)…….the stillness,the awared presence,the presence of goodness.
Love is presence of divine intelligence that guides and opens the path of fearlessness to face all phenomenon however challenging,tragic and joyful with no regrets or turning back.Love is the presence of beauty itself….there is no outward ‘ugliness’….there is nothing to judge or condemn/criticise….…
Love is Truth…it speaks only to light the dark with no malicious/hurtful,egoic intent.Love is the act of forgiveness,purifying the path and planting the seeds of peace….
Love animates in kind actions,beneficial for all,with no segregation to anyone!
Love competes with no-one,with nothing……it stands open alone like a beacon for all to see…….
Love is not out there to search for or to be envious that someone else might have,it is not to be afraid that we cannot attain it…..for it is already Within us!