erikahollister's Journal, 26 September 2016

Dear Fellow Travelers!
I'm sending you a quote and a link from a wonderful site called Brain Pickings. It's a literary site that I love and I hope you will too, that explores books by topic. This one is germane to our recent discussions about compassion.

The Difficult Art of Self-Compassion
"Compassion," wrote historian Karen Armstrong in considering the proper meaning of the Golden Rule, "asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else." In her beautiful ode to compassion, Lucinda Williams urged: "Have compassion for everyone you meet … You do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone."

And yet even the most compassionate among us have one sizable blind spot: the self. Our culture's epidemic of self-criticism has left us woefully unskilled at self-compassion — that essential anchor of sanity, which both grounds and elevates our spirit.

For the full article with links to books and a short video go to:
https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/09/05...

Have a wonderful compassionate week, my friends!

Diet Calendar Entry for 26 September 2016:
1197 kcal Fat: 90.15g | Prot: 52.29g | Carb: 41.19g.   Breakfast: Heavy Cream, Brie Cheese. Lunch: Heavy Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Oscar Mayer Hard Salami. Dinner: Wal-Mart Cube Steak, Lettuce Salad with Assorted Vegetables, Calavo Avocado, Daisy Sour Cream, Heather's Tummy Fibers Organic Acacia Fiber. Snacks/Other: Trader Joe's The Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar. more...

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Thanks, Erika! Those kids you teach who are in difficult circumstances must learn so much from you and feel supported and valuable. That's a wonderful thing. Thanks for helping society out by helping the troubled kids and for sharing your compassion with all of us! 
26 Sep 16 by member: kpwcalories
They certainly give me the opportunity to develop that muscle, by testing me! 
26 Sep 16 by member: erikahollister
They certainly give me the opportunity to develop that muscle, by testing me! 
26 Sep 16 by member: erikahollister
They certainly give me the opportunity to develop that muscle, by testing me! 
26 Sep 16 by member: erikahollister
Sorry, the computer wasn't responding, yikes! 
26 Sep 16 by member: erikahollister
Lol! You're working that muscle by doing reps! 
26 Sep 16 by member: bdmgoggins
LOL Barb! You are a gem, Erika. I feel loved by you through the screen. I love you, too 💗 
26 Sep 16 by member: LadyinDenim
Good stuff that you gleaned, Erika. Needed this today! 
26 Sep 16 by member: Normadale
Aint' it grand! Thanks, Lady! Kpw, barb and Norma! Isn't it amazing to have true friends in cyberspace? Who knew? 
26 Sep 16 by member: erikahollister
Well, we have some rather negative modes of operation left over from the protestant and puritan cultures. Unrelenting self-criticism, unrelenting work ethic, perfectionism, ironically a complete lack of forgiveness to self or others, hyper-responsiblity with no credence to external factors, the idea of an inherent meritocracy/justice in life... etc... The stuff of neuroticism. If you like karen armstrong as an author, she did a wonderful write up on the history of religion, following how it evolved and assimilated across cultures over time . It's called ' A history of god'. 
26 Sep 16 by member: SoMuchBS
Nice Erika! That is one of my most sacred standards! The Golden Rule and giving just as much love and compassion to yourself as you apply to others. Great post! 
26 Sep 16 by member: debrafrederick
I love this, and it's so right. Thanks for the linc. 
26 Sep 16 by member: PhillySue
Love love love this definition of compassion. Thank you Erika for posting! 
26 Sep 16 by member: Bible Bliss
Thanks for sharing this beautiful admonition and truth about compassion. Let's do it. 
27 Sep 16 by member: Lifesatrip

     
 

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