Develop and Practice Compassion

Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another.
by Mike Corthell

''If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.''
Dalai Lama

Compassion is one of the things that brings both immediate and lasting results in this World. All we have to do is practice it. Are you compassionate?

One of the keys to developing compassion in your life is to practice it...daily.

As you start your day, think about how you interact with people. In the coming hours of this present day how will you treat them. And then think, ''How do I want to be treated by others.''

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

Compassion helps both the caring and the cared for. There are manifold benefits and these are deeply spiritual and emotional. The number one benefit for you is that it helps you to become a happier person, and makes people around you happy. The common goal of each of us should be happiness. Compassion is one of the main tools for achieving that happiness.

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” Luke 10:25-37

I cannot actually teach you how to develop compassion, but I can show what it is. It is caring about not only your fellow man and all creation, it is caring enough about yourself. To love one's self is to have the ability to love others and love God. It is being empathetic and walking the path of life in another's shoes. Be kind.

I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, I may understand all secrets and know everything there is to know, and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all this, if I don’t have love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have to help others, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing all this if I don’t have love.  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.
1 Corinthians 13