There is a strong basis and inspiration to work for environmental justice. We are all connected in so many seen and unseen ways that we have many bonds between us. This includes the animals, birds, and fish. These interconnections mean we depend on each other, in this case for our survival. Out of compassion for each other, including animals, birds, and fish, we are motivated to take better care of mother earth. Mother earth provides for our sustenance, our shelter, our safety, our air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the place we call home. This is true for all of us. Compassion is often misunderstood to be weakness. It is often misunderstood to be limp, without strength and courage. This is wrong. Compassion reversing environmental, human, and animal injustice requires strength, toughness, and courage. We know this from those courageous compassionate ones among us, e.g. His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Saint Mother Theresa; Mahatma Gandhi; and others. “Samurai Spiritual Warrior” is part of my vocabulary.
Healthy self-confidence is essential for compassion. It covers both sides of the equation. Humility leads to concern and compassion for others. Self-confidence leads to taking care of ourself through self-compassion. Moving towards this attitude of […]
Balancing alertness with relaxation is important in our meditation and daily life as well. The last two posts about emptiness created an abundance of alertness! So let’s chill, relax, and balance with some compassion. My […]
4th of July commemorates American independence. Lincoln said it eloquently during the American Civil War in his Gettysburg Address, “… a government of the people, by the people, and for the people….” He was referring […]