As the world prepares to honor another ‘day that will live in infamy’ tomorrow and some will focus on the horrendous violence that led to loss of life and emotional safety, there are others who will be turning their attention on reconciliation and peacemaking. I prefer to align my energies toward ‘peace, love and understanding’. I just found out that beginning tomorrow 9/11 and for the next 1o days, compassion rules! The Compassion Games challenge individuals and communities to practice random acts of kindness and become a Secret Agent of Compassion. The purpose is to create a sense of planetary family, regardless of ideology, faith, culture or life practice.
All around the world, groups are gathering to offer service to others and then report in on the Compassion Games website. Who can be the kindest? My kind of competition!
Self compassion is my growing edge since for far too long I felt like my worst enemy, putting impediments in my way instead of embracing my inner Kwan Yin and exuding love and compassion. Often I find myself embroiled in all of the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s that come out of frustration over that which could be a simpler way of doing certain things. I have put others on a pedestal, rather than feeling like a peer who has gifts to share too. I have harangued myself into a frenzy, squelching possible outcomes.
Compassion for others seems to come more easily. Initially it is hard moving on to self care. The Goddess Kwan Yin remains an example of embodied compassion . She is the feminine incarnation of the Buddha who chose to remain on Earth until all can go to Nirvana.
Take time to tell those closest to you that you love them. Smile coyly as you think of them. As feelings wash over you, your heart and soul are being completely healed. Then extend it to your community and embrace them with that exquisite feeling and from there; the world.
Let the games begin!
http://youtu.be/ZukLiEsIv0E Try Some Kindness