Let us be vigilant for Love!

April 29, 2012

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Compassion is love for those who have temporarily lost touch with their Divine nature. When I live compassionately then I am a healing presence wherever I go and I KNOW it. I feel it. In our society we’re taught that it’s not easy to have compassion, but I am here to tell you that it is much easier to have compassion than it is to be filled with resentment. I know because I’ve hated those who were angry and cruel to me. I’ve hated myself for not doing better. I’ve worked with it.

Living compassionately requires a deep commitment. Every day, I’m discovering the answer to the question “How do I BE the peace I’d like to see in the world?” Over and over again, the answer comes when I am offered the opportunity to prove my commitment to peace by choosing compassion. Initially it was very challenging. There are still times when I have to be with myself for a moment before I can trade compassion for judgments, but that is more and more rare and I’m grateful.

For more than twenty-five years I’ve cultivated a practice of looking deeply into anger to find where I feel hurt. The answer to “How do I find compassion?” Arrives when I look at the one who has been hurtful and see where they too have been hurt and their anger is a cry for my compassion. Anyone’s anger is evidence of their feelings of hurt and fear. I must not look away. My own healing lies in my ability to see with eyes of Love and extend the heart of compassion. Since Love is the healer, I allow Love to do the heavy lifting. All I have to do is show up, be awake and not run away, judge or defend. It’s not easy, but Love leads and I follow the path of Love.

This deep practice requires my willingness and my attention. It requires vigilance. There is a deep sense of wholeness that accompanies increased my commitment to my practice of compassion. It reminds me that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose: to Love. In the deepest challenges I’ve learned to ask: “what am I to do?” So often the answer is, “extend the Love, be compassionate. Be willing to understand with the heart.” I’ve also had to ask my self “Why ask the question if I’m unwilling to hear the answer?” It has take tremendous discipline for me to stay and not run. And now that discipline of Love is my strength. Love heals.

I used to have a practice of judgment and criticism. I was an expert and an authority on how to judge people. It was a very good place for me to start my practice of compassion. Today, when I look back I smile and think how profoundly I’ve changed. Who knew? The Higher Holy Spirit Self knew. I’m so deeply grateful that I made a commitment to a daily practice of loving compassion. It is the road less traveled, but all of the people I meet on the road are beautiful. I answer their call for help with love and they answer my call to find more ways to be compassionate. Together we discover Love really is the only answer.


I AM vigilant for Love!

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A Course in Miracles, ACIM, How to forgive, Jennifer Hadley, Living A Course in Miracles, Spiritual classes

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