compassion - word of the moment

com·pas·sion

noun \kəm-ˈpa-shən\

: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it (merriam-webster.com)

 

compassion. 

this words keeps popping up in conversation and in my head this week, so i thought it was a sign that i should share it.  in order to have compassion, you must first be aware of others, which is often hard to do when you are so caught up in your own stuff.  however, once you are able to be truly present, you may just discover that others around, whether your bestie or your 'worstie' could really use your support.  now this doesn't mean that you have to agree with their choices, but rather try to understand and accept what they are experiencing and where they are coming from. 

the ol' 'put yourself in their shoes' is totally real. 

 

the yoga lesson:  when you can be truly present, then you can also have compassion for others. compassion will help us let go of grudges and move the 'f' forward.