Introducing Compassion: One of Our Six Pillars
Lumen Rain is a lifestyle brand movement with six pillars of action. The pillars represent how we want to be in life. The six pillars are kindness, gratitude, compassion, balance, hard work and service.
This post introduces compassion. We are all different and have different perspectives on compassion. This is how our team feels about compassion.
Christina says: Compassion is when you look at a situation, and instead of looking away, you get closer and ask, “How can I help?” Compassion can be shown in ways both big and small. The easiest way to show compassion is to look at other people while you are walking around and remember to smile at them. People are so good at hiding how they really feel. Compassion means that you think about more than yourself and you look at other people and wonder if something as simple as a smile in the middle of the day might make their day bearable.
There are times when compassion will make us uncomfortable. In order to show compassion for others we may need to stand up for someone who is weak, speak the truth, or give more than we think we have to give. Embracing compassion as a life goal means that we are willing to be uncomfortable in order to make someone else comfortable.
Juli says: What does compassion look like to you? To me I think you can’t have Kindness, Hard work, or Balance without Compassion. It is the caring for others that counts in compassion.
Candyss says: We saved the best for last. Compassion is the epitome of our Lumen Rain pillars. As Juli said so succinctly, you cannot have kindness, hard work, service, gratitude or kindness without exemplifying compassion. However, compassion is a tad more ambiguous. Wondering if you show or how you could better show compassion? Giving to charity takes compassion. Volunteering takes compassion. The great part is that one of the best ways to practice compassion is on yourself first. You can practice forgiveness on yourself and then extend that forgiveness to others. Practicing gratitude, generosity, and mindfulness each put you in a solid place to be more compassionate to those around you.
The dictionary says that compassion is the sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of others, but I think compassion is much more robust than this simplistic definition. One of the defining moments in my life is when I learned a simple fact (and I was 40 before I completely understood). When people treat you poorly, for any reason, it is not about you. Their behavior is a reflection of something he/or she is struggling with and you remind them of this struggle. If you know this when confronted by a person acting ugly to you, it is much easier to have compassion for them rather than being offended. The same applies if you are acting ugly toward someone else. Be mindful, notice the behavior, practice compassion with yourself and work on the struggle. All roads toward happiness start with compassion.
Jo says: When I think of compassion, the first thing that comes to mind is nature. It might seem weird, but a lot of people think about how they can help others, yet not as many look for how we can have compassion for the world around us.
Recently at school, I’ve been learning about green architecture through using recycled building materials. The craziest thing about knowing this stuff now is wondering why people don’t use it more! Recycled wood costs less, lasts longer with the right sealant and maintenance, and gives back to the Earth. It might seem now that I’m a “care for the Earth in everything you do” hippy type person. Though truly when you look at it, we should take more care in what we do for the Earth that we live in for years!
Compassion is important in everything we do, for the Earth, for yourself, for each other. Simple thoughts of reusing that stupid lesson on recycling and actually help the world around us. It doesn’t take much!
Jasmin says: What compassion means to me is that you take time out of your day to help and listen to other people. One way you can live with compassion is by making a donation to charity. Even just putting a penny in helps other people. You can also know that you not only did something for someone else, but for yourself as well.