“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Living from the heart sounds like a simple concept, but in practice it can be a lifelong struggle to achieve. The challenge is to get out of the mind, which feeds fear, jealousy, envy, anger, scarcity, insecurity, etc.—all of those thoughts that keep us from the heart.
The Dalai Lama, sometimes described as a “tireless pilgrim for peace,” recently addressed a group of students in Hawaii. Huffington Post correspondentAgapi Stassinopoulos, (author of Unbinding the Heart), reported on the event:
“He talked about the gap between perception and reality—how people read a situation by projecting their own emotional baggage, which causes distortion.” Stassinopoulos wrote. “That is why he emphasized that we all must strive to have transparency in our interactions with people. Otherwise there is mistrust, which causes fear, which can then develop into frustration, anger and violence.”
“If developing compassion is something we can teach ourselves, then the Dalai Lama’s message is essentially ‘educating the heart’—an education that is not merely about developing the mind and getting good grades. Rather, it is about fostering an environment where we can learn empathy.”
In a Care2 article, Sara Childre, president and CEO of the Institute of HeartMath, offers 5 Tips for Living from the Heart:
1. Choose to practice love, compassion and appreciation as a way of life.
2. Learn to live in the now, bringing more of your real self into each moment.
3. Practice listening to your heart’s discernment for intuitive guidance through life’s interactions: personal, family or social.
4. Give back. This can inspire the one who receives what you give to someday give back to another, which can energize a great many people to do the same until a chain of giving back weaves its way around the globe.
5. Practice going back to your heart to gain more intuitive understanding of how to find balance and rhythm while facing stress and resistance.
Choose today to begin cultivating compassion, and start with yourself. You will realize the benefit of overall well-being—more peace, joy, self-confidence and love. Monroe Products offers several heart-centric titles, one of these being the highly recommended Opening the Heart.
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