Recovering Compassion…

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama

Meditation: One of the things I had to practice and learn over many years is being non-judgmental and compassionate with others and with myself. There have been times in my life where I was very harsh and restrictive with myself and consequently also with others. Today I see myself as having nearly recovered from being judgmental. I rarely experience myself striving for ideals or perfection anymore. Instead I usually am able to embrace myself and people as we are. Compassionate and non-judgmental living has become a deep joy of my recovery. As a therapist and as a mother I try to model and teach compassion with self and compassion with others. My happiness at this stage in my life is grounded in self-compassion and self-care. I am grateful for my spiritual and emotional recovery process. Even my body is benefiting from my ability to be compassionate. I am gentler with myself and more in tune with what my body needs. I am grateful for all the people in my life who have had compassion for me and who modeled and taught me gentleness. They were for me embodiments of the path that Jesus taught. They were an incarnation of God who is the very source of compassion.

Prayer: God, thank You for recovery. Thank You for healing us from harsh and critical ways of being. Thank You for liberating us from ourselves when we are more judgmental and punitive than You would ever be. Thank You for the power of compassion. Thank You for the healing power of gentleness. Thank You for sending us messengers of Your compassion and love that heal and inspire us. And we are grateful. Amen

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4