Centering on Compassion

Since we are all unique, compassion moves each of us in different ways. Sometimes we feel compassion so deeply that we become paralyzed not knowing how we can make a difference to alleviate another person's suffering. There are times when the only thing we can do is provide an active presence, an open heart, and a listening ear. Often it is easier to show compassion towards others than it is to show compassion towards ourselves. 

1 Peter 3:8-9 says, "Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead bless, that is your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and you'll get a blessing."

This verse is for all of us. We are not just showing these attributes to others, but we are also extending them to ourselves. Take a moment to close your eyes, and begin to focus on your breathing. As you inhale, receive compassion, as you exhale extend compassion. Practice this breath prayer for a few cycles. What does it look like in your life to receive and extend compassion? 

Today as you center yourself on compassion, notice where compassion shows up in your day.