Last night’s small group discussion with Krista Tippett’s on Being curriculum led to a definition of compassion.
As I listen to six other people struggle to articulate their different experiences and reflections, I hear my own voice.
“With love, passion, spirit,” I say when it’s my turn.
It’s an ongoing journey. This group will be good for me. An opportunity to practice the give and take that does justice to a working definition of compassion.
Two years of assimilated morning pages put in the trash bin today…
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama
To bow to the fact of our life’s sorrows and betrayals is to accept them; and from this deep gesture we discover that all life is workable. As we learn to bow, we discover that the heart holds more freedom and compassion than we could imagine. Jack Kornfield
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another
Yesterday in the cancer center’s waiting room I felt deep connection with the patients and their families dealing with the reality of this disease. It made me anxious. Breathe, Laura. Center yourself. Be a calm presence.
Then after visiting a high school remedial English class my thoughts as an observing teacher left me with many challenging questions. What are we assuming about these students? What are we really teaching here? How do we inspire curiosity and cooperativeness? What is success?
In the new secondary intern seminar last night I watched teachers acting much like their students. A kind of just going-through-the-motions behavior. What am I assuming about these students? What am I really teaching here? How do I inspire curiosity and cooperativeness? What is success?
This morning I visit a second grade class and this afternoon I teach in a after school program.
Thomas Merton’s quote is so much more than words.