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Step Two: Look at Your World #CompassionateSunday — 9 Comments

  1. I love how you take this slowly. I tend to rush through things, checking them off quickly…Done! Compassion should be something that takes time.

  2. I’m really enjoying your Compassionate Sundays. Observing without being judgmental can be challenging. In studying mindfulness, not being judgmental about ourselves is even harder. But if we can remind ourselves to be compassionate to ourselves and others, I imagine that’s a start.

    Good post! Thanks for sharing! Too bad about the discussion forum on MOOC.

  3. Funny that you mention Trump supporters, because that’s exactly what I thought of before you mentioned him. That’s probably because I’m currently having a Facebook discussion/argument with my cousin about Trump and his supporters, I suppose.

    As for learning about compassion in my own sphere – while I was on my ambulance ride-along last week, I got an interesting look at the difference between compassion of police vs. social worker vs. paramedics with a mentally ill man. I thought they all handled the situation as they must, but the compassion was from very different perspectives.

    • Thanks for that example, Rachel! I can definitely see that people might take on each of those professions with a motivation of compassion and that they would all play out differently.

  4. I found the Religious Literacy class very time consuming too, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I found the TED talk of Chimamanda Adichie brilliant. Her “The Danger of One Story” is eye-opening. It’s one I look at often. The class is a very good companion to the 12 Steps To a Compassionate Life.

    I have also struggled against personal judgemental-ism. You can tell how long it’s bothered me by the age and translation of a Biblical quote I memorized at an early age: “Judge not lest ye be judged.” It’s why I want to embrace a compassionate life. Great post Joy. Have a great week ahead.

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