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Weekly Mindfulness Support - Radical Compassion

Hello and welcome to Friday, August 9, 2019. This is a rare and precious day that will never come again. May you engage in all that you do with attention and intention.


I am going to suggest that you have compassion for hate-filled people and violent criminals. Radical? It is my hope that by the end of this message you will find that having compassion for these people is not radical. It is my hope that you will find it absolutely necessary.


I’ve received the message from many teachers that the more we call to mind and focus on the qualities that we want to embody, the more they manifest in our lives. Philosopher and psychologist, William James, suggests, “for the moment, what we tend to becomes our reality.” The more I keep compassion, for instance, in the forefront of my mind, the more my actions are generated from this loving quality.


In his book Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “sometimes my smile is the result of my happiness, sometimes my happiness is the result of my smile.” This is the inspiration for my message, “I love you and there isn’t anything that you can do about it.” Sometimes my message is an accurate reflection of how I truly feel. In all honesty, however, sometimes I say it when I actually don’t believe it. The action of saying or writing it, nevertheless, tends to create the genuine feeling