So one of the first things I wanted to do when I moved back home with family was to re-activate my library card. I love to read and lose myself in new worlds or learn new things. Three months later, I finally made the effort to schedule the library trip in my calendar and went. The first book I wanted to borrow was something inspiring to read and had been guided to look up texts from Thich Nat Hahn but ended up picking something else entirely: The Wisdom of Compassion from the Dalai Lama.
So far, I’m only a couple of chapters in and I’m not sure what I was expecting. “More” wisdom? I’m getting stories of how his mind thinks and processes situations and encounters with people of different backgrounds, his unwavering focus on his faith, and how compassion really can change the lives of those he encounters, although maybe not in ways anticipated.
So why did I pick a book regarding compassion? Maybe it’s from being told a handful of times in the past year and some that one of my guides is Quan Yin, Ascended Master of Compassion. Each time, there’s been the message that while I usually act out of kindness and concern for others, there’s something about taking it all to the next level and acting out of compassion to make an even larger impact with each action and word. So I try to keep that message in mind as I continue forward each day. Usually, I forget. But then there are the moments, like that one in the library the other day, where the word just popped out of the title. WIth being ill and recovering from the flu much of January, I’ve had to be more compassionate with myself even as I try to build and create something new. Now that I’m this much closer to being completely well, it’s time to shift focus and make the mental shift to living compassionately moment by moment a reality.
What miracles can happen if we each live a compassionate life? I truly believe we can change the world for the better, and I know I’m not the only one to think that. Join me? =)
So when I checked in with my guides this morning on what my focus for today should be, Compassion came up. At first, I was puzzled. Off the top of my head, I couldn’t come up with any conflicts bothering me or my close friends, there weren’t any big issues that came to mind that I felt needed this expression. So I let my mind quiet some more and asked, ‘Why compassion, and why now.’
Immediately, my neck started hurting. The neck problem has been an on-going problem for me where sometimes I wake up with a stiff neck, as I had the other night, and it takes days for me to regain full mobility. It still hurts now.
And then it hit. I’ve been so focused on all the things going on outside of me and the list of things that I have to take care of that I truly hadn’t been giving myself the attention my body has been calling for. I’ve been finding the pain and a cough that has just started today as annoying, things I need to just get over so I can move on. Rather than trying to rush the process though, my body is telling me to find compassion for myself.
I guess it came as no surprise that last night as I was drifting off to sleep, my mind randomly went to Quan Yin, and I felt her calming, compassionate presence to my right. For those of you who do not know her story, I suggest doing a bit of research and finding comfort in what you find. As much as I check in on others, on external events, I am reminded that I also need to check in with me, to bring in that same awareness and compassion to myself.
So today, I’ll take it easy. I’ll drink my water, continue to stretch my neck so I can increase motility, and be kind and love my body. Hey, it’s the only one I have and I’d love for it to work well before I can help others, no?
So yes, today’s take home message: be compassionate in all instances – to those you come across and meet today and towards yourself. I love you, and thank you for coming into my life too!