It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama quotes (Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, b.1935)
The only thing that psychologists agree on is that people are different. That said, each of us must find our own way from judgment to compassion. Your way and my way may not be the same. However, the goal of finding self-compassion and compassion for others is the same.
Using today's blog post, Finding Compassion When You Don't Feel It, this practice will focus on finding your own path to compassion.
For this internal review, getting in touch with your assumptions is crucial. Our judgments are spawned by our assumptions, most of which are unconscious. To become aware of your assumptions, as yourself a question such as, “What kind of person is this who would do something like...?”
However you answer the part about what kind of person, will be a tip off to assumptions you are making.
As always, please write in about your experience using this practice.