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"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - Muhammad Ali

2020 christmas compassion empathy gratitude holidays mindfulness parenting suffering Dec 21, 2020

I love this quote by Muhammad Ali! What a beautiful reminder of the importance of compassion for others. And there is no better time than the December holidays to explore our compassionate natures. Everyone just seems to be in a happier mood; whether it’s due to the spiritual significance of a religious holiday or the bright lights and festive air, we humans smile a bit brighter in December. Too bad we can’t bottle up that goodness and spread it through the rest of the year! Well, maybe we can’t get everyone else to do that, but we can certainly make a difference in our own little piece of the world.

In the previous post, I discussed empathy vs compassion. What I didn’t talk about was why both are so important to function in human society. One of the most important qualities of compassion which all of us should and/or need to learn to cultivate, is the non-judgmental acceptance of another’s suffering. At its heart, compassion invokes blameless acceptance for another’s misfortune. It is a quality of awareness and kindness with the deliberate motivation to change and make things better—that, my friend, is what elevates our vibrational level (in energy terms) or just simply makes us better human beings.

Finally, this tweet popped up in my Facebook feed today and I thought how beautiful. Children are born compassionate creatures and we adults condition it out of them. Your true nature is nothing but love. If you forget, look to your children for a reminder. ❤️

For the last week of December’s compassion theme, we will explore compassionate parenting. Meanwhile, if you are interested in learning some quick techniques for mindful parenting, remember to sign up for my short weekly email (click on the banner below) and you’ll get this FREE guide: “Finding Calmness in Chaos: 5 Quick Techniques for Mindful Parenting of Neurodiverse Children." Also, you are very welcome to join our private Facebook group: Mindfulness for Neurodiverse Families by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Home page. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season. ✨❤️