Inspiring Compassion

“We need to be clear which emotions are harmful and which are helpful; then cultivate those that are conducive to peace of mind. Often, due to a lack of knowledge, we accept anger and hatred as natural parts of our minds. This is an example of ignorance being the source of our problems. To reduce our destructive emotions we strengthen the positive ones; such emotional hygiene can contribute to a healthier society.” ~ Dalai Lama

Last night my 14 year old daughter and I had a nice talk about life and politics. This government shutdown is her first time really observing the world of politics in action and I am lucky to be able to have a role in her discussions. It’s awesome to see her opening her eyes and really observing the larger world around us.

I tried to explain what I thought about all of this and why certain political entities feel one way over another and I couldn’t put my mind on the right word last night. I expressed how some folks argue that “people will abuse the system” and point to specific incidents as if that defines everyone and use that as an excuse to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Some people, consciously or not, use this ignorant and uninformed point of view to inspire hate and anger and distrust in the system to manipulate and get their way. But why?

The word I was searching for last night is the word of focus in this video. That word is compassion.

The world of politics needs more compassion and what we are seeing right now is the result of a complete lack of it. If more politicians could keep the perspective that everyone matters regardless of fear, then the world would be a more loving place.

Maybe that sounds like pie in the sky thinking to you. A pipe dream. Or maybe not? Who knows? All I do know is that if we don’t wake up and start living with more compassion then it surely will remain a dream.

So how do we bring more compassion into the world? I guess we start by cultivating it in our own lives and we do that by leaving all the fear behind and embracing love. Begin right where you live.

I’ve blah blah blah’d long enough and want you to watch this short little film so if you’re still reading I’m gonna go ahead and end this post with one more thing my daughter said last night.

“The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s fear.” Have compassion for yourself and the people you meet. Don’t be afraid of “what if” even if you have the personal experience to think otherwise. We all were brought into this world the same way. Tiny. Weak. Vulnerable. It took compassion on someone’s part for us to stay alive and become the adults that we are. Some of us had an easier ride than others. Remember that. Have compassion and bring more love into this world.

It can start with you right now.

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