Ode to Compassion
Morning has broken through the clouds.
Shadows, remnants of darkness, begin to form,
a sensation of living on this earth,
a feeling of being just human
with clouded perceptions from my human mind.
The sun takes its place in the Eastern sky;
my mind begins to plan the day,
all the things I have to do to survive and thrive.
I take a few minutes to meditate.
I plant my bare feet solidly on Mother Earth.
I absorb her precious ions of energy
that flow into the tiny crevices of my brain
washing away the angst of the previous day.
My dreams settle into their proper place
waiting for the right moment
to begin their daily search for truth,
waiting for the flow of love,
the energy that will make all things happen
in the right order,
at the right time,
for the right reason.
The shadows disappear in the noon day light.
I stand in awe of the life I feel around me,
of the life force that flows through me.
I sense the divine light that exists
beyond the reach of my human eyes.
As I reach out to touch,
ecstasy flows into my heart and mind.
I begin to see,
that sacred presence as it washes my mind.
My sole soul-desire exerts its divine will.
Compassion begins to flow through my heart,
first to pacify my own struggles with myself,
and then to share this abundance with others.
I love this life,
these divine moments,
this soul that lives and breathes,
this loving heart that desires to care,
this mind that seeks out the path to truth,
this body that takes me to where I need to be.
As we have explored the essence of self-love, family love, friendship love, and the core structures of agape love, we finally come to the question of defining what true love really is; what is at the core of what makes love real? I have come to the conclusion that it is a combination of body love that includes our genes, hormones, and the physical structures of our brain, mind love that is made up our experiences and thoughts, heart love which is our desire to care for others, and soul love which strives to make this world a better place to live. When we are operating from all four modalities we enter into the world of our Higher Self, the world of compassion.
Compassion is defined as our emotional response when we perceive suffering, which results in an action to help. Connecting with others through compassion is, above all, an act of unconditional love. As we have seen so far, the love that comes from being parents and having intimate friendships are all examples of two way love. We create; we give; we receive. In compassionate love, however, we give without any thought of receiving anything in return.
We are not compassionate to gain approval from others or even to satisfy the needs of our ego. It is not just a feel-good activity in the sense that we experience pride and pleasure when we are sharing our resources with those who have less. It is not only about casting out the feelings of guilt when we have more than we need and others are barely surviving. If we have abundance, we simply have abundance. It is what it is. It gives us the opportunity to share.
True compassion is the natural function of our hearts. When we give, there is a smile that says, “I will stay with you through this difficult time. I will share all my physical, emotional, and spiritual resources to support you until you can carry yourself”. It is what we would do for our sons and daughters; we treat everyone in need as though they were family.
Compassion is the natural outpouring of the love that flows through our soul from the universal source of life and love. As we give love through compassion, we not only bless the person or persons we serve, but in the process, we are also blessed. We find true meaning and purpose.