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? =)