There is never a bad time to cultivate more compassion

  • perceive the other’s suffering.
  • emotionally connect with that suffering.
  • respond instinctively by wishing to see the suffering relieved.
  • Pity: feeling sorry for someone’s suffering but from a position of superiority. You might help them but it’s because you’re superior. Stay away from it.
  • Sympathy: feeling sorry for someone without any motivation to change it.
  • Empathy: taking on the emotion of another without a plan or motivation for change.
  • Lovingkindness(Metta): an act or feeling of goodwill toward another (or yourself) without expectations or judgements. While it’s used interchangeably with compassion, metta is different because it does not have to be connected with suffering.
  • May I be peaceful
  • May I be free from suffering
  • May ____ be peaceful
  • May ____ be free from suffering
  • May ____ be peaceful
  • May ____ be free from suffering
  • May ____ be peaceful
  • May ____ be free from suffering
  • May ____ be peaceful
  • May ____ be free from suffering
  • May all beings be peaceful
  • May all beings be be free from suffering
  • May you be peaceful
  • May you be free from suffering

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