Heart to heart. Hand in hand. With heart-warming eyes and gentle hands, compassion holds those with unconditional love, understanding, and openness. Compassion softens the angry, accepts vulnerability, and embraces the very real experience of simply being human. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being around someone with true compassion, you’ve probably felt a beautiful sense of safety, as though they see you and understand you for who you truly are. Whether you’re in recovery for a mental illness or addiction, of if you’re simply seeking to restore your mind, body, and spirit, love and compassion are vital aspects to your journey to wellness.
Love and compassion do not always have to come from family members – it can come from the healthcare professionals at your treatment center, or your colleagues at work, even a stranger you come across. Many of us are wired with an innate ability to love and give compassion, so we are able to generate these kind acts in others the more we practice them, too. Margaret Cullen, a therapist and senior teacher at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, stated for the Yoga Journal, “Compassion can be looked at as a quality of the heart and also a skill to be cultivated. The more you practice compassion, the more you unveil or access the natural and spontaneous human wish to help others. You live closer to it…this is really the medicine the world needs.”
Love and compassion isn’t just meant for others, it’s meant to be given to ourselves, too. If you can find love and compassion for yourself, you are more likely to increase your self-esteem, forgive yourself when you make mistakes, treat your body and mind kindlier, and seize the opportunities and moments that give you strength. Put simply, love and compassion are the gifts that keep giving:
- The more we practice love and compassion for ourselves, the more likely we are to reap the benefits of that and also share love and compassion for others.
- The more we practice love and compassion for others, the greater the chance that this kindness will spread, affecting even more lives more positively.
Sometimes the most beautiful, thoughtful, priceless gifts come from within. Begin taking steps to incorporate more love and compassion in your life today.
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