How to Cultivate Compassion in 12 Words

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~ from Mary Oliver’s poem Sometimes How does one cultivate compassion? Why should we even bother? Mary Oliver answers these questions in just 12 words. If we read between the lines we will find the beautiful gifts we give and receive from compassion cultivation.Continue reading “How to Cultivate Compassion in 12 Words”

Lovingkindness Notes – Opening Our Hearts

Posted next to my front door is a postcard I received from attending a retreat led by Sharon Salzberg. The postcard reads, “Do a simple act of kindness everyday.” I placed it here so that I have the constant reminder to choose kindness, to embody it, to live it.  As I have spent these pastContinue reading “Lovingkindness Notes – Opening Our Hearts”

May We Be Patient: Finding Compassion for Our Inner Sisyphus

Patience and I were enemies for most of my life.  Like many of us, I wanted things done yesterday. I wanted to achieve my goals without much effort. I wanted. I wanted. I wanted. NOW! And when “now” did not happen, I felt like a failure or was disappointed or criticized myself harshly.  Patience isContinue reading “May We Be Patient: Finding Compassion for Our Inner Sisyphus”