Compassion is of course a huge aspect of peacemaking – whether around the world or in your home. To create more peace, we need to silence our inner judge, erase our inner “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” and just be present so we can respond to the people and situations in our lives with compassion and an open heart.
I think we all understand that – and we understand that while it is simple, it is not EASY. Life keeps happening and sometimes (as happened to a friend yesterday physically) someone or something just smashes into our metaphorical car as we are driving along and disrupts our plans for our time and/or our bank account.
Our body responds by activating our primitive survival brain, in the event we need to flee a tiger…and just when we need our inner calm and compassion the most, we are buzzing on adrenaline and ready to…do what? Meditate?
I don’t know about you, but my survival brain turns off my higher order thinking centers as “unnecessary.” Be easy on yourself – but try to be easy on everyone else too. Compassion all around. Like the “other driver/situation.”
What the Dalai Lama is telling us here is that our stress and upset (not the outer triggering condition) is what keeps us from the inner peace and joy we hunger for and that activating pour compassion can take us back to our center.
As you are breathing deeply, you could picture yourself gaining control of a runaway horse that you are riding.Really, it’s like that, isn’t it? Our systems are operating automatically without our permission. “Easy, Girl.” (or boy) You’re OK.
If we ourselves want to be happy, we need to silence our inner panic button which wants to cast blame outside ourselves for our condition – and think and act compassionately. We must stay anchored in our Oneness with the Divine Source, knowing that if there is an action to take, it will become clear if we remain clear.
B.R.E.A.T.H.E S.M.I.L.E. B.R.E.A.T.H.E. S.M.I.L.E
Now if only I could remember all that while the horse is running away with me! Sigh. So divinely HUMAN in this body, but practice makes..well not perfect, but better.
I LOVE the LIGHT in YOU!