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The Compassion Exercise

Honesty with yourself leads to compassion for others.

Objective: To increase the amount of compassion in the world.

Expected Result: A personal sense of peace.

Instructions: This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches, etc.). It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, from some distance. Try to do all five steps on the same person.

Step 1

With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.”

Step 2

With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.”

Step 3

With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness, and despair.”

Step 4

With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs.”

Step 5

With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is learning about life."

Variations:

  • To be done by couples and family members to increase understanding of each other.
  • To be done on old enemies and antagonists still present in your memories.
  • To be done on other life forms.

What's Next?

"The thing we have to solve is how to make care and compassion more valuable than self-importance and impermanent things. The ultimate solution is broadly awakening the enlightened mind of spiritual consciousness.

We need another miracle moment in which everyone realizes that we're in this all together, and that the earth is the only spaceship that we get. Star's Edge has laid the foundation. Future generations need to direct their greatest efforts toward coming together; the world needs less superpowers and more friendly tribes.

The Inside of The Compassion Card

You can play a major role in this transformation.

The solution that we've been looking for is more alignment and cooperation, more attention on service to others. We need to become citizens for the planet.

Have you ever felt the warmth of the morning sun on your face? That's what the broadcast from infinite being feels like, it inspires goodness, and love, and compassion. And it brings tears to the eyes, and compassion to the heart.

Let's increase the amount of compassion on the planet..."

– from a talk by Harry Palmer

The Outside of The Compassion Card

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If you would like to help distribute Compassion Project cards, you can purchase them at the Avatar Bookstore or call Avatar at 800-589-3767. Packs of 50 cards are $5.00 USD.

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