One of the deepest lessons we may undergo is to learn: COMPASSION.
To simply bear witness to another person's suffering + view them in a loving energy WITHOUT: -trying to rescue them -trying to fix them or their situation -taking their pain on as your own (it's not yours, even if they are mirroring your own wounds back to you; we all have our own lessons to learn) -inserting yourself into their issues -wanting them to change or do things differently so YOU feel better -judging or criticizing them for whatever they are experiencing
This has probably been one of my MOST challenging lessons to be honest.
To care so deeply about certain people, to watch them go through incredibly difficult circumstances, to put myself in their shoes/hold them energetically in a loving light + still NOT interfere with their free will choices or let myself get distracted from my own path.
Or conversely, to practice compassion/#forgiveness for people who I felt hurt me in some way or who I vilified at some point to feel better. I read somewhere once that learning compassion as a core soul lesson is a very "high" path, not to give you any sense of superiority, but to recognize that on a HUMAN level to embody compassion - showing kindness or empathy - isn't always something that comes naturally, particularly when the other person involved isn't flattering our ego or giving us what we think we need in return for our #empathy (aka: conditional "#love", based on a mutual transaction). Compassion in these cases may feel foreign at first, pointless, weird. We get stuck in our self-righteousness. We're hardwired +overly conditioned to judge, problem-solve, have a polarized belief OR avoid pain altogether. And yet, it's probably one of the most valuable things I've had to integrate. Compassion is a practice of seeing yourself in another while extending loving energy + kindness without attempting to change anyone or anything.
Who needs your compassion right now? Are you able to witness their (or your own) suffering + simply OBSERVE IT? Are you able to hold someone in a loving light, without interfering in their own growth process or making it... Cont below 👇