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And introducing COMPASSION, ACT’s best friend!
Q: What can I do to combat sinking spirits?
A: Say a prayer of kindness.
We may be good at giving Compassion to others, very good, but giving it to ourselves, that may be more difficult. And yet, unless we can learn to be less stingy with ourselves, there won’t really be that much to give away. Compassion really does start at home. Unless we know what it feels like, how can we know what it is that we give away?
Self Compassion is not selfish, self-indulgent, narcissistic. It never was, although in some traditions it has come to be seen as such. Self Compassion is the grown up thing to be. When we can be kind to ourselves without feeling guilty, wrong or weak then we are honouring our true nature and combatting whatever mixed messages we have received from others.
Next time we feel our spirits sink, when we are feeling low and out of sorts, instead of berating ourselves let’s try a word of kindness, an act of comfort. Let’s stop beating ourselves up and give ourselves a break. Our spirits will thank us for it!
Research shows that Compassion is good for us. It’s official. Enjoy!
I wrote “A PRAYER OF KINDNESS” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- How do cope with sinking spirits?
- Are you learning the benefits of Prayers of Kindness?
- What can you share that might be of help to others?
Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
POEM FOR TODAY
THE PRAYER OF KINDNESS
I am waking with a flatness, feeling out of sorts, and so
I will remember at such times that to Compassion I can go
And treat myself with loving kindness, gently keep myself afloat,
For when I’m feeling all at sea I can become my own life-boat.
I can whisper words of comfort as I stand back from the stream
Of a consciousness gone crazy, say thoughts are not what they seem,
Though they present themselves convincingly and masquerade as fact
They’re only story-lines of fiction, they’re just putting on an act.
So, I’ll combat them with Compassion, and I’ll use a kindly tone
As I remind them with respect their story-lines are over-blown,
And though they’re welcome at the table there are others with tales to tell,
And it’s the story of Compassion that we want to hear as well.
And as the story starts unfolding and the soothing words begin
The strident voices start to soften as the gentleness seeps in,
And of a sudden there’s a feeling we could not discern before,
It’s generated by Compassion, as it leads us to the shore
Of a consciousness grown calmer, even flatness too recedes,
There is a stirring of the spirit, this is just what spirit needs
To re-ignite enthusiasm, that most precious gift, that we
Know transforms our lives with colour, helps us live whole-heartedly.
And so, let’s give thanks for Compassion, let’s remember why it’s there,
It is the antidote to clamour, it’s the answer to the prayer
Of a spirit that is pining, wanting only to shine bright,
And when it hears the prayer of kindness then once more it comes alight.
© Corinne Shields, 2018
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And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT, and its best friend COMPASSION ……..
The quote by Jack Kornfield reminds me of a book of his that I read years ago that is still sitting on my bookshelf and ready I feel for a re-read.
Jack Kornfield is a wonderful writer. If you are interested in learning more about the Buddha’s universal teachings then Jack Kornfield’s books make those teachings more accessible to western minds. I am eager to read this one again.
How about YOU?
What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life? What can YOU do just for today to add some Compassion, some Kindness, into your life?
Just for today I will ………………………
If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you? Is Compassion part of your life?
I am a student of ACT, I am learning about Compassion. I am on a journey. I would love you to join me.
With all good wishes