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.
Take the plunge inward anyway….to that secret place where you are afraid to tread and dispel the fear.You might just find something precious you never thought you could…..Yourself!
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!
Admiring the silent spectacle of God in nature,nurtures the vitality of the soul!
When we speak of wanting peace in our lives,we first have to put down weapons of self destructive behaviours,put up the white flag of surrender …….opening up to humility and forgiveness……..
How then can we negotiate peace within ourselves,while still holding on to weapons that could destroy ourselves and others?
When I see thru the eyes of Love, I see no enemies…
When I see thru the eyes of Peace, I learn to forgive and let go of past wrondoings……..
When I see thru the eyes of charity,I cultivate understanding and respect for the helpless and hurting………..
When I see thru the eyes of Joy,my heart flutters with laughter to bring comfort and ease………
When I see thru the eyes of Mercy and Forgiveness,I admit my own mistakes and that of others………..
When I see thru the eyes of Patience, I come to surrender being in the moment to learn and accept………..
When I see thru the eyes of Trust……everything becomes an experience without resistence and denials………….
When I see thru the eyes of Humility,I allow myself the courage and strength to be opened to possibilities…………..
When I see thru the eyes of Awareness,,I see myself One with the whole of creation.
“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……………………………