Compassion and Consciousness
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I like to think that I am a caring and compassionate person. I hold the door for others, walk a cart to the corral for a parent with a young child, let the person with a few items in their basket ahead of me at the supermarket. I think this comes from being conscious of others. I think about how I would like someone to treat my parents, my sisters, my brothers, my friends and so on. THat is why I try to treat others that way. I don't think that people are actively out to be rude. I just think they are so lost in their own worlds and not conscious of others.
I think that it is interesting that many people (my self included) have a problem with treating ourselves with compassion. The inner critic starts talking and telling us that we are failures because we ate that cookie, because we didn't get up and exercise. We would never treat a loved one this way but yet we do it to ourselves.
One of the things that I am trying to do each day is to look in my eyes as they reflect back to me in the mirror and say, "I love and accept myself unconditionally". I watched the documentary "Hungry for Change" (streaming on Netflix). One of the people (I believe a psychologist) said you would be amazed at what happens after 30 days.