For the People of Afghanistan and Those Still There Helping

Compassion is a little selfish, because more often than not it helps the practitioner more than the sufferer. That’s ok though, even when the subjects of suffering are experiencing darkness in life unimaginable to most. It’s ok because compassion is about recognizing that relieving suffering as work, serious business, as something more important than opinions, commentary, or analyses. So by responding to a global crisis by simply sitting and feeling compassion for the sufferers means you’re letting those who do the work of relieving suffering take center stage, with you in the background recognizing their suffering too.

I practice compassion for the people of Afghanistan and Those Still There Helping
With compassion, I free them from suffering
With compassion, I help them find peace and feel safe in this world
With compassion, I create contentment in their lives
With compassion, I inspire them to flourish

With patience and good humor, I welcome the imperfections of the people of Afghanistan and those still there helping
With sympathy, I feel for their suffering
With empathy, I mind what their feeling and try to understand why

For the people of Afghanistan and those still there helping, I seek wisdom
I nurture a broad perspective of them
I foster gratefulness for them
And I acknowledge that suffering and difficulties are part of their lives

Peace, love and hope to those suffering in the eye of this global-political-storm, and thank you to those who have practiced with me.