Compassion

I just finished reading Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. This is the final paragraph of the novel…….  "A truly compassionate person touches a chord in us that resonates with some of our deepest yearnings. People flock to such individuals, because they seem to offer a haven of peace in a violent, angry world. This is the ideal to which we aspire, and it is not beyond our capacity. But even if we achieve only a fraction of this enlightenment and leave the world marginally better because we have lived in it, our lives will have been worthwhile. There is no more to be said. We know what we have to do." Karen Armstrong

I am blessed to have a friend who is a true compassionate person. Read his columns for Want 2 dish. Check out Rants and Raves by Charlie Smith. 

186705_1470799376_7941035_nTonight I finished teaching my last class of a six week series of kids yoga( my 2nd session). I was somewhat neurotic about these classes. One week I felt confident that I had taught a decent class and the next week I felt like the worst kids yoga teacher. Tonight driving home I realized the many lessons I have learned from teaching kids. The main lesson is the need to continually cultivate compassion not only in myself but also in the kids.

 

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2 Responses to Compassion

  1. kelly says:

    mmmmm…..thank you for this. over here taking a breath and smiling. how are you.

  2. Charlie Smith says:

    Wow. Thank you so much. I hope to live with a foundation of compassion and empathy, and I have been far better at it for knowing you and having the light of your friendship as a guide.

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