Practice a Compassionate Life!

“Feel the pain of others. Understand their strengths and disappointments their hardships and inadequacies and open your heart to them. Realize that everyone is doing the best they possibly can. Judge no one. But rather, cradle all humanity in your heart.”

My Friends,

One of the most important things I have practiced in my life is Compassion. Compassion for every person I meet, from a street person begging for money to a wealthy person who lacks happiness. My philosophy is that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have.

It is our responsibility as spiritual, positive beings to practice Compassion for everyone. Understand that like you and I everyone has a different story, not everyone deals with things the same way and not everyone has an open heart and that we must not make assumptions based on race, sexuality, religion or whatever difference one might have but embrace our differences for we are more alike then you may believe.

We need to be examples, we need to be the person to, as Ghandi once said “Be the change we want to see in the world”

So today when you see that person begging for money give them a dollar, tell them they are beautiful. When you see that wealthy person getting out of their fancy new car with a grumpy look on their face, say hello and tell them they look wonderful and watch their eyes sparkle with appreciation.

We must never make assumptions and always be compassionate because as my mother use to say “never judge a person till you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”

You are amazing, keep shining!


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Comment by Mahmood Iqbal on June 30, 2009 at 5:43pm
Hi all friends and peace lovers, It is greatly moving.

With unconditional peace, love and light

Comment by Leah D (Pixie) on June 30, 2009 at 4:58pm

For this wonderful post! This is how I choose to live my life,I do not judge,give love freely,compassionate of self and All..I recently(and still) dealt with a situation created from my extending my hand & heart to a online friend, I brought to ipeace in hopes being surrounded by peace love and amazing people would also help this friend,,it did. But not long after my trust given 100% was broken,as was my heart, This person created much drama,nastiness from my only giving love compassion & understanding, has and is continueing to create "poor little me" victim mentality caused and causing division among good compassioate peple,has divided friendships,families, and tried to create division in my relationship with fiance' (I met him here on ipeace chat) when it didn't work this person harrassed us,our friends and began lying about us, all we did is love this person unconditionally but when turned nasty we chose to ignore..others began to ignore so as not to give fuel to the drama,discontent & disruption of our peace. Is here after leaving ipeace with an email "ohh poor me" some were drawn into,some chose ignore,some deeply hurt. So, in our compassion,non judgemental unconditional love, How would YOu deal with this? How to prevennt others being abused & hurt? Nothing I can do..but hope those currently in the web of deciept & trap of this person won't be as hurt as me and few others. Sit back watch and send out positive loving thoughts. Nothing I can do,without being drug into the drama and hope no one else is hurt. I have been silent about this person. "till now.. as this post is a reminder that as we go about being non judgemental,understanding, lending a helping some that are not so enlightened ,unstable and not yet able to be compassionate & peaceful can wreak havok,pain and abuse upon you for your efforts.. to be helpful & giveing your compassion, love to freely. I have had this "lesson " before many times in life, this one will not change how I live my life nor how I give compassion,love & understanding to others. I rise above- the negativity created by this one-in peace and Love.
Many Blessings & Love to All x
Comment by Tamara on June 8, 2009 at 2:46pm
Tashi deleg, dear Shayne, thank you for the great topic!
Comment by Silver Bullet on June 4, 2009 at 8:55am
Namaste Shayne,
I'm with you all the way. Though I have just a slightly different bent to your thinking. I very much give my father credit here....I learned from him that everyone was equal and worthy of RESPECT. I think that it is respect that makes compassion different from pity. The couple of bucks to the homeless guy might help his immediate need, but showing him the respect to let him know you think he is a beautiful human being can help lift his spirit to renew his struggle to get beyond his present circumstances. Smiling and being pleasant to the grumpy rich guy may just leave him thinking you're crazy. But show him respect and you may help him realize that he doesn't need to overcompensate for his inferiority complex by being grumpy and greedy.
In one of Phil Collins old songs, he sings about the black kid in the ghetto who carries a guy. The kid says that the reason he carries it is to get respect, "because without it, I don't get none".
Peace begins with a smile (Mother Teresa), Silver
Comment by ShebaGoneh on June 3, 2009 at 5:06pm
Dear Shayne,
The post on Compassion is amazing, I am expereincing everyday with these destitutes and senior citizens at my organization. Besides material things, a word of compassion makes lot of difference in their lives, When i share what i have with them I can see their eyes sparkingly, a tear of joy in their eyes, and a heart of gratitude. Bible says " Never judge anyone, Judging is the work of GOD" your mum was correct . Joy increases when we share.

Comment by ShebaGoneh on June 3, 2009 at 4:57pm
Hi Shayne,
The post on Compassionate is amazing, I know and i am still expereincing the joy and happiness in sharing with the helpless with what i have. Moreover besides material things, a compassionate word makes lot of difference in their lives, I can see their eyes sparkling and a tear in thier eyes with joy and a heart with full of compassionate.
Comment by Hameedullah on June 2, 2009 at 5:04pm
Well Done

Thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful idea

Anthropologist Hameed
Comment by Carla Shepherd on June 2, 2009 at 12:28am
Thanks for this, Shane! It's a great reminder that we all need to keep in the forefront as we go about our lives. I also appreciate Maria's 5 steps in the Compassion Exercise - great stuff to say. I am trying very hard to see one of my co-workers, who is not a team player, differently, so I will employ this process actively, and I am sure it will help!
Comment by justchilling777 on June 1, 2009 at 10:58pm
Hi Shayne well no-one should judge anyone we all have had many lfietimes where our lives were the outcomes of decisons we made, some good some bad. I'ts all part of the journey. marie
Comment by Natasha on June 1, 2009 at 10:43pm
Really enjoyed reading your post Shayne and everyone else's contribution. I feel practicing compassion, just trying to constantly to put ourselves in the shoes of others, is the only way towards true unity in our world, on this planet.

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