Learning how to be compassionate is a great asset in life because you’ll feel connected and a part of many peoples’ lives while helping out. Being compassionate is a combination of seeing someone in need and helping make it better.
Some examples: someone gets a physical injury, or is sad and crying and needs comforting, or a person needs some protection if being bullied. We all need comforting during hard times so we know how it feels to be comforted and give comfort.
Guided meditation about being compassionate.
Begin by sitting up straight in your meditation place. If you like, keep a journal and pen at your side, so that after your meditation you can write about any thoughts that come to you about being compassionate.
Now, do a minute of even and regular breathing like this: breathe in 1 count and breathe out 1 count, and repeat this even pattern while sitting still and thinking. You don’t need to say the numbers, just keep up the even rhythm of breathing. If you are sitting on a cushion on the floor, fold your legs in and clasp your hands in your lap. If you are sitting in a chair, plant the soles of your feet on the floor and place your hands in your lap, or place them face down or face up on your thighs.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself walking to school along the sidewalk. Just ahead you see a girl from your school named Shelley trip on a rock and fall down.
You run up to her to see if she needs any help. You notice she scraped her knee and it is bleeding a little. You take a tissue out of your pocket and offer it to Shelley, so she can hold it on her scrape for a minute to stop any bleeding. You also sit down with her and after a little rest you offer to walk the rest of the way to school with her, and carry her backpack, too. When you get to school you walk Shelley to the school nurse’s office so her scrape can be cleaned. And then you go to your classroom. Finish your meditation with a deep breath in and slowly release it. Then stand up and stretch.
Now take some moments to think how you can be compassionate with someone you know who may need some help and write about a plan of action in your journal. Later after you have helped out check back in with your journal and note how the situation turned out.
The benefit to you being compassionate is that you will feel good being useful for a much longer time than while you are helping out.
Compassion freely given results in happiness in living.
Susan Helene Kramer (Shuchi) has been a devotee of Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda and a Yoga practitioner since 1976. She is the mother of 5 and writes on practical spirituality, dance, family and social issues. Her books are listed at her web site: Susankramer.com
By Susan (Shuchi) Helene Kramer