Meditation – Being Compassion

Compassion is free.  So why is compassion so often withheld?  In my travels I’ve experienced beautiful acts of compassion.  In Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Ghana, Morocco, Ireland and other places abroad as well as at home, I’ve tasted the loving compassion of strangers.  I’ve a wonderful knack for getting lost in foreign countries.  On a visit to the Aran Islands (Ireland) I and a Korean cyclist whom I met on the ferry from Galway, found ourselves lost on our cycling adventure.  As an African-American who grew up in Los Angeles, I’m not in the habit of knocking on doors in unknown neighborhoods.  Yet, my new-found Korean friend and I had drifted far afield while enjoying the incredible landscape of this Irish isle.  So in order to get back on track and find the Lighthouse (our original goal) as well as make it back to the ferry on time, I suggested we stop at the next Bed and Breakfast and get directions.  The beautiful B&B we found was seemingly deserted as we entered. We wandered through this establishment with fine antiques, and well-appointed art and artifacts, yet no one was around.  Back home in LA, I’d never wander through a deserted establishment unannounced.  But after waiting at the front desk and getting no response, we wandered about in this beautiful home and business.  Finally, after calling out for what seemed like an eternity, a female proprietor identified herself.  Surprisingly, she wasn’t the least bit threatened or anxious that we were freely walking around in this otherwise uninhabited space.  She greeted us cheerily, gave us directions, and invited us to rest awhile.  We thanked her for her kindness, and after a brief respite, we were on our way with map and solid directions.  Compassion is free.  Compassion is the willingness to enter the struggles of another. Offering compassion daily is a worthy discipline. In time, move from offering to being compassion.  My heart. Your heart. One heart.  Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller

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Only the one who’s compassionate
can show true bravery,
and in defending, show great strength.
Compassion is the means by which
humankind may be guarded and saved,
for heaven arms with compassion,
those whom it would not see destroyed.

Chapter 67 – Tao Te Ching

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The Workers Are Few

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9:35-38