Today’s card, Compassion for All, is from the Crazy Sexy Love Notes 52-card deck written by Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author and wellness activist and illustrated by Lori Portka of Happiness through Art. This card is a reminder to treat everyone with kindness.
The world is a tough place these days. We’re all scared about whether we or our loved ones will contract COVID-19 and worse, if any of those close to us will die of it. We’re afraid that as others stockpile food and other necessities of life that there may not be enough for our family the next time we run out of something. It’s hard not to be fearful. When we’re full of fear, it is easy to lash out, speak meanly to others, and take actions that place ourselves first and others last.
This card reminds us to stop and look at all those around us. Those who are weaker. Those who are stronger. Those who are very similar to us. Those who are quite different to us. We need to make time to really look at those around us and reach deep down into our hearts to find and act with compassion.
Think about those who are working hard to keep our worlds functioning: health care personnel, grocery store workers, trucker drivers, those who fix our internet connections that enable us to stay connected with our friends. Remember to speak supportive words to these people whenever you make contact with them. Let them know you appreciate your efforts.
Remember to be compassionate to yourself as well. Treat yourself well in this time of chaos. I deliberately chose some of my Meditation Yoga Goddesses from Molly Remer at Brigid’s Grove to represent the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire.
Getting in touch with these elements can help us feel more connected with Mother Nature and the Earth around us, as well as any higher beings in which you may believe. As we delve more into our own forms of spirituality, we feel connected to the earth and the universe and to all other living beings on this planet.
Connections also engender feelings of compassion. I also chose to include a figurine of Kuan Yin, also known as the Goddess of Mercy: Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion. Tradition tells us that Kuan Yin is known for rescuing people from harm. She exhibits mercy, compassion, tenderness, and motherly wisdom. She practices acts of kindness. We can learn more about her and try to incorporate her wisdom into our lives.
Today’s Discussion Questions
Let’s stay connected and talk about the topic of compassion. Answer one or more of these questions in the comment section. Leave general comments or questions of your own. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Are you finding it easier or more difficult to be compassionate these days?
- Have you seen any heartwarming examples of compassion that you’d like to share?
- What have you done to be more compassionate lately?