I had the absolute pleasure of spending my Saturday afternoon watching a live-stream of The Chopra Center’s Global Meditation for Compassion. It was hosted by Gabrielle Bernstein and Ismael Cala. Deepak Chopra, the very intellectual spiritual leader that I’m absolutely in love with, led the meditation. Before the meditation began, he spoke a bit about what compassion is and how we can practice it in our every day lives. Deepak spewed a lot of great information, and insights, but there’s one mantra in particular that really hit home with me: ‘Compassion starts with me. I am compassion.’
This came from a question a participant had asked about how they can practice compassion on a daily basis. Deepak Chopra’s answer was simple, so simple. Yet, millions of people wake up every day and don’t practice. They choose fear and ego as opposed to love and compassion.
What a lot of people don’t quite understand, is that love is a choice you make every single day. Love comes from the heart, but oftentimes your mind is the one that controls you. To live your highest truth, you must control your mind or it will control you.
That’s where meditation comes in. I know there are a lot of people out there who are wildly against meditation and often associate it as something only crazy people do. You may even think of the crazy witch doctor monkey, Rafiki from Lion King. That guy was dope but he was also a bit off his rocker, haha. But meditating has been proven to clear your mind, assist in feeling your emotions, and can even bring relaxation and a sense of calm to your body. It’s a beautifully holistic approach to balancing mind, body, spirit.
Don’t believe me? Well, when the Global Meditation for Compassion began, I lit my incense, got comfortable in my chair, took a deep breath and closed my eyes. Deepak Chopra guided the meditation with a beautiful mantra on compassion and that went on for about twenty minutes.
When the twenty minutes was up, me, being the Sensitive Sally I am, began to cry. The last few months I have been carrying around a lot of anger in my heart, for a particular person and having it there literally drains me of love. I don’t want to be that person. I don’t. Everyone is deserving of my love. I cannot punish the unconscious ones. If I do, that is me not choosing love. Therefore, that is me not living my highest truth.
When I tell my best friend about my anger, she tells me that I’m human and it’s ‘normal’ to feel this way. Although I very much agree with her about being entitled to your feelings, I just don’t want to be ‘normal’. I want to be extraordinary and choose love. Being ‘normal’ is just not my cup of tea.
When people hurt you, it’s a struggle. It’s a big, emotional, frustrating, aggravating struggle. As a highly sensitive person, there are many times in which I feel as if I can’t forgive. One hundred percent of the time when people hurt you, it is not a reflection of the type of person you are. It is a direct reflection on the demons inside of them. This is where compassion comes in. Feel compassion that they are dealing with these demons, and just pray that they will eventually surrender and reach out for the help they need.
So, in conclusion, I AM COMPASSION. I really can’t let anyone’s behaviors affect the type of person I am. I vow to work hard every day to love my enemies, and to especially love those in need of compassion, but may not even know it or necessarily “DESERVE” it. I’m different, always knew I was. I just refuse to be ordinary. Being ordinary is EASY, but it sure as hell isn’t BETTER. Who wants to stunt their spiritual growth anyway?
Thanks to The Chopra Foundation for this beautiful broadcasted event! Thanks, dolls!