Sunday, October 14, 2012

What does compassion look like? How does it feel? In light of this being Anti-bullying week and all of the specials that have been airing on the local channels here in my part of the world, it is only fitting that my spiritual center has started a seven week course in compassion, studying the book by former nun Karen Armstrong titled: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

At you can read many different people's philosophies regarding compassion and you can also sign a charter and affirm how you would like to see compassion begin in your life and in your world. It begins with each one of us

Here is the charter if you would like to take the time to read it rather than go to the site.

Charter for Compassion

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathic ally from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish,  exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others---even our enemies---is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women---to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion---to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate---to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures---to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity---to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings---even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.


  1. i think compassion is something that is seriously lacking in our world at feels much more take what you can get for yourself...or a study on this i think would be a wonderful thing...

  2. Wonderful words that draw attention to an important element in life.