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What We Need is Compassion

Compassion African Family
Compassion African Family

Ever wonder why so many people across the world are suffering? Does it seem like most of the suffering that we experience is easily preventable? Many people go without nutritious food, clean water, quality healthcare, or adequate housing while many have it easily accessible within the same community, town or country. Much of the suffering and turmoil in the world can be rooted in greed and lack of compassion amongst the population. Compassion is the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church's Temple Code #20 and requires members to "have sympathy and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of all living beings". This is the definition of compassion, but it also requires action.

Living your life with compassion can have many benefits, both for yourself and for others. Here are some of the key benefits:

1. Improved relationships: Compassion allows you to connect with others on a deeper level and understand their perspectives. This can lead to stronger, more meaningful relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.

2. Reduced stress and anxiety: When you approach situations with compassion, you are less likely to feel stressed or anxious. You are better able to handle challenges and setbacks with a calm and positive mindset.

3. Increased happiness: Compassion is linked to greater levels of happiness and life satisfaction. When you focus on helping others and making a positive impact, you may feel a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in your life.

4. Better physical health: Studies have shown that individuals who practice compassion have lower levels of inflammation and better overall physical health.

To apply compassion in your life, here are some tips:

1. Practice empathy: Try to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, even if you don't agree with them.

2. Be kind: Show kindness and generosity to others, even in small ways.

3. Listen actively: When someone is speaking to you, give them your full attention and try to understand their perspective.

4. Cultivate gratitude: Take time each day to appreciate the good things in your life and express gratitude for them.

5. Practice self-compassion: Extend the same kindness and understanding to yourself that you would offer to others.

Compassion for some is second nature. It is ingrained in them from what they learned or how they evolved. For others, compassion is not something that can be developed overnight. It will take practice and effort, but the benefits are well worth it. Practicing compassion is just a small step that everyone can do to make the world a better place for all.

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