Compassion as Intention

    It’s the new year and I ask myself, “is it really possible to live fully with compassion at my center?”
    I recently spent 5 days at The Christine Center letting the transition of the old into the new, wrap itself around me. While there I  was asked to listen for something that needed to be  released. 
    What came up was responsibility, or at least my fixed notion of responsibility. I have been carrying a heavy sense that responsibility is obligation. That it ties me down, that it is mine alone, that it squeezes and binds the time I have. That it is hard and long and filled with unrelenting suffering. 
    During the tail end of 2019, Greta Thunberg has been increasingly in my thoughts. I have been inspired and awed by her. I also worry for her and about her. She seems to be carrying weight of the whole world. On Dec. 30, I read an article in which her father speaks of their journey together. 
    “She dances around, she laughs a lot, we have a lot of fun – and she’s in a very good place. Climate activism has made her very happy”
    This article leads me to ask,
    What if service could be completely different from my heavy notion of responsibility as obligation?
    What if compassionate action is filled with joy and deep love?
    What if reaching out and offering a hand meets my needs as much as it meets the needs of others?
    What if volunteering actually expands time?
    What if looking directly at suffering, forming community and then taking action is the true path of happiness?
    What if?
    Happy New Year.
    May we be safe. May we be happy. May we be healthy. May we live with ease.
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