We seem to have the habit of seeing differences. We form in-out groups in our mind and heart. We tend to see the world as ‘Us verses Them.’ We see differences – gender, race, country of origin, religion, culture, age, socioeconomic status, education, etc. This has become too often our default position. So let’s change it. The next time you see someone, anyone, think, “just like me she/he just wants to be happy. Just like me she/he does not want to hurt.” Keeping this thought close to our heart, we train to be more and more inclusive, until finally everyone is included. We eliminate in-out group thinking. We truly become brothers and sisters within one human and animal family. Then there is no more abuse, bullying, aggression, or violence.
At one level, forgiveness means you shouldn’t develop feelings of revenge. Revenge harms the other person. It is a form of violence and usually leads to counter-violence – so the problem never goes away. At […]
Sometimes when we practice compassion, others may take advantage of us. They may even bully or abuse us. In general, compassion means helping others reduce and eliminate their suffering. Practically, if we allow the bully […]