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.