1. Concern for another person’s sufferings; concern for their well being.
I would add, irregardless of whatever’s happened.
Ex: He forgave him, and found a way to have compassion… even though he d was enrage, even though he continued to have his differences and opinions.
Ex: Horrible atrocities were perpetrated against her, but she still found a way to have compassion and forgive, even though the perpetrator didn’t care…
Ex: Sometimes nations need to have compassion, even when they don’t have a good reason.
Ex: She had compassion for herself and she forgave herself for her past mistakes.
Again, once a person forgives someone, they can have compassion for them: including but not exclusive to enemies, family members, friends, colleagues; even someone who cuts you off in traffic…even if they make the same mistakes over and over again!
Forgiveness also connects to empathy, so let’s define empathy.
1. The ability to understand and feel another person’s emotions.
Who is this person you despise…why are they this way?
- What has there life been like?
- What was their upbringing?
- Who are they, really, and why do they feel the way they do?
Then, actually ‘feel it’ as if he, or she were you…
How can you have compassion for someone you don’t like?
- Define the issue; how have you been hurt? [And you have been hurt!]
- Determine a satisfactory reason for why you’ve been hurt; i.e. “this person’s upbringing has caused them to be this way.”
- Give up judgement; try to understand, even if you do not agree; even if you don’t like them and they don’t like you.
- Experience empathy for the person; try to imagine ~ who they are
and ‘feel’ it.
- Communicate whatever there is to communicate…
- Forgive the person.
- Be concerned for their well-being in whatever way that works for you.
Please make sure that you protect and honor yourself in the process.
Sometimes a person needs to be forgiven, ongoingly, throughout the day. He or she may be brusk, seemingly judgmental, angry, bitter, rude, condescending, insolent, inconsiderate, ignorant, insulting….
It is important, however, in certain situations, that you do not put yourself in harm’s way; i.e. some kind of battering or verbally abusive situation, for example; it’s important that you get out of certain situations.
Ask yourself, how can I have compassion today?
Then live from the question and see what unfolds…
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