For Those who Feel Disconnected from Love

The best thing about strengthening our own capacity for compassion is it helps us support and strengthen those who struggle to do the same. An inability to see and relieve the suffering of others is suffering itself:

I practice compassion for those who feel disconnected from love
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 humour, I welcome the imperfections of those who feel disconnected from love
With sympathy, I feel for their suffering
With empathy, I mind what their feeling and try to understand why

For those who feel disconnected from love, 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

Living in everyone are all the feelings and capacities described in this practice. By exemplifying them, we help those who forget reconnect with the feelings😄

For Myself and Others

We are mostly responsible for most of our intense emotions. They arise each day from patterns we reinforced over a lifetime of distracted flame-fanning. Claiming responsibility for our most intense emotions takes courage, because claiming responsibility for intense emotions means being alone with those emotions, but in this conscious solitude we can also claim responsibility for our contentment, so we don’t put that on others either.

I practice compassion

With compassion, I free myself and others from suffering
With compassion, I help myself and others find peace and feel safe in this world
With compassion, I create contentment in this life
With compassion, I help myself and others flourish

With patience and good humour, I welcome people’s imperfections, and with patience and good humour, I welcome my own imperfections
With sympathy, I feel for those who suffer
With empathy, I mind what others are feeling and try to understand why, and I mind what I’m feeling and try to understand why

For myself and others, I seek wisdom
I nurture a broad perspective
I foster gratefulness
And I acknowledge that suffering and difficulties are part of life

This practice helped us claim responsibility for both challenging and sought-after feelings, well done😄

For Myself, Even When I Don’t Feel Like a Compassionate Person

Practicing compassion is great for the self, but it also builds expectation, and can lead to self-directed judgement when we don’t feel like a very compassionate version of ourselves. This practice is meant help diffuse self-judgement:

I practice compassion for myself, even when I don’t feel like a compassionate person

With compassion, I free myself from suffering
With compassion, I help myself find peace and feel safe in this world
With compassion, I create contentment in my life
With compassion, I inspire myself to flourish

With patience and good humour, I welcome my imperfections, even those that make me a less compassionate person
With sympathy, I feel for my suffering
With empathy, I mind what I’m feeling and try to understand why

For myself, I seek wisdom, even when I’m blinded by a lack of compassion
I nurture a broad perspective of who I am
I foster gratefulness for my mind and body
And I acknowledge that suffering and difficulties are part of being alive

Compassion is a mission to relieve suffering, imperfectly, and never done😌