Spiritual Practice for February - Compassion

February 1st - "The second element of try love is compassion. This is not only the desire to ease the pain of another person, but the ability to do so." - Thich Nhat Hanh in True Love

February 2nd “True compassion does not come from wanting to help those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings. -- Pema Chödrön in Start Where You Are Thank you John Wilde for the quote

February 3rd This is a picture of a poster of two adults who have been in some sort of disagreement (they are the wire people) and their true selves - the inner children are reaching for each other. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (from John Wilde's compassion collection.)

February 4th “The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love.” -- Saint Teresa of Avila (thanks to John Wilde for the quote)

February 5th - “God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” -- Desmond Tutu (thank you John Wilde for the quote)

February 6th - BJ, Sarah and I spent some time this afternoon trying to get a piece of plastic off a deer's nose. He finally got it off himself, but we were all trying to help. "“True compassion is not just an emotional response, but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change, even if they behave negatively. Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems.” -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Thanks to John Wilde for the quote)

February 7th - “Every step in evolution makes life more valuable. The more evolved you are, the more priceless is every moment; it becomes an opportunity for you to do good to others, to serve others, to give love to others, to be gentle to others, to give your sympathy to souls who are longing and hungering for it. Life is miserable when a person is absorbed in himself.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan (thanks to John Wilde for the quote)

February 8th - Every kind of power lies in this one thing which we call by the simple name: love. Charity, generosity, kindness, affection, endurance, tolerance, and patience -- all these words are different aspects of one; they are different names of only one thing: love. Whether it is said, 'God is love,' or whatever name is given to it, all the names are the names of God; and yet every form of love, every name for love, has its own peculiar scope, has a peculiarity of its own. Love as kindness is one thing, love as tolerance is another, love as generosity is another, love as patience another; and yet from beginning to end it is just love. – Hazrat Inayat Khan

February 9th - “Compassion is the … capacity for feeling what it’s like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.” -- Frederick Buechner in Beyond Words

February 10th - Isn't this a great quote - and a great way to share compassion with the world. “I wake up in the morning asking myself what can I do today, how can I help the world today.” -- Julia Butterfly Hill (thank you John Wilde for the quote)

February 11th - Our deer with the broken leg is getting along pretty well. I think she is being compassionately cared for by the neighborhood. “What ultimately counts is the openness of our hearts ... Love gives us the sensitivity to see and hear others and compels us to be aware, to respond to what we see and hear. ... In every situation, the Spirit is calling us to love, to understand everything with the heart. Love calls to us in the homeless, the hungry, the stranger; the prisoner, and the abandoned child, the forgotten elderly, the ill and the dying, the unloved and unwanted. Do you hear its call?” -- Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Hours (thanks to John Wilde for the quote)