For the next four weeks, we will focus on the practices of love: compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity. This week we explore compassion, recalling that love is a verb and a practice.
Barry is leading the group meditation this week. He writes:
With the topic of compassion and alleviating other’s suffering as the backdrop, this week I am going to offer a healing meditation. :
“Compassion is the wish and intention to alleviate the suffering of others. It counters sorrow and anxiety. It is the unconditional care and concern for all living beings, the ability to realize that all beings suffer, not just ourselves or those we care for. All too often we find ourselves trying to ease the suffering of those we love and care for, but for other people whom we do not care for or even dislike, it is an entirely different matter. Ideally, our compassion should be held equally to all.” -author unknown, excerpted from http://www.abrc.org.au/page36.html