“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
When I am compassionate toward myself, I am compassionate toward others.
When I am not compassionate toward myself, I am not compassionate toward others.
Self-compassion is the key to peace and harmony worldwide because it starts the process exactly where it needs to start—on the inside.
As I practice self-compassion, and as I experience a peace and harmony with my inner Being, that reflection of peace and harmony develops in all of my relationships.
This allows me to contribute myself fully to collective peace and harmony.
This is an act of devotion.
I devote myself to peace around the world by devoting myself to peace within.
I have no control over the wars being fought around this Earth. I do have an ability to cease the war within myself; to practice embodying peace, and co-creating this peace with others.
Inner turmoil. Inner torment. How it plagued me for so long.
The inner landscape is where the most important battles of our day and age take place. How easy it is was for me—as it is for so many of us—to hide, deny, and even run from the great battles within. Wandering around hopeless, fearful, lonely, and defensive in our own inner warzones…
Recently, I have been living my life in such a way that I have been more actively aware that I create my own reality. I have the limits of my present circumstance, of course, but I see now that I determine the quality of my experience in any circumstance. It is empowering to recognize that I am not at the whim of outside forces, but that I am fully capable of creating such deep inner peace and connection to my inner Being that external circumstances do not take me out of that place—or that, if they do, I now know that I am the one who decides to get back to that place of inner peace and connection.
I am practicing the cultivation of deep gratitude for myself and for all the experiences of my life. Nobody can do this for me. I get to do this for me. And what a wonderful practice this is.
I used to have deep-seated fear about the idea that I create my own reality, and that is because I did not like the reality I had created for myself. Creating something new has been a process. It has taken time, in the same way that it takes time for an embryo to grow into a child, or a seed to grow into a tree.
Since I have been embracing my innate ability to create my life and shape my experience—since I have been taking responsibility for myself, my thoughts, my emotions, and my relationships—my relationships with myself and with others have transformed. Thus, my life has been transformed, and it continues to be.
What a great journey…
I devote myself to putting the passion in compassion.
I devote myself to loving, cherishing, respecting, honouring, and celebrating my own inner Being.
In doing this for myself, I am free to do this with others.
So, I then devote myself to loving, cherishing, respecting, honouring, and celebrating the inner Being of all others.
And oh my, how this makes for a beautiful life. A life well-lived…
(featured image by jake stimpson)