Ahhh the sweet smell of Frankincense. How enchantingly benevolent can the gifts of mother nature get? Well I could answer this question with pin point precision and ease, but I’m not here to talk about the olfactory system or the likes, but kindness, and compassion.
I don’t know about you, but I have noticed something increasingly disturbing. The sight of isolation, and distance from your fellow brothers and sisters. You know exactly what I’m talking about too. The kind of silence and isolation that resides in your common man while standing in line, or sitting at a table in your local coffee shop. Nervous, paranoid. Inattentive. Sucked into his smartphone to escape the unimagnine bleakness that existed in a minuets wait till he got his caramel frappuccino. I had seen the same thing this morning at this tire shop, and it really bothered me. Why do we seem to do this? Why has man became so isolated from his neighbors that the thought of saying hello, waving, or even just acknowledging the person next to you would send waves of terror to your brain? I didn’t like the idea of it at all, and if their is one thing that I’m increasingly becoming aware of as I travel on this journey of self transmutation, its that compassion is the most important thing in this world. You could pray all day to whatever god of your choosing, you could utter a thousand holy words, and speak about love, but what good is it if you don’t act upon it? Compassion-sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
I know we are all busy, I know we all have our past, and I know were all have a handful of lessons, experiences and examples on why not to trust the stranger standing next to you as you search for the latest wireless earbuds, but consider what this lack of trust does to your joy, to your happiness.
The Dali Lama preaches the practice of compassion. To look at another man, and almost as Jesus stated think to yourself, “forgive them, for they not know what they do”. He states that the practice of trust brings joy to the heart by being open and not being so sheltered. Protecting oneself.
I urge the reader. The next time he or she sits, or stands by another person. Practice opening yourself up. Practice compassion. Practice trust. A simple gesture, as simple as saying hello, may really make someones day. You never know what he is going through. How lonely he or she is. Think that each person may not have gold to offer, but riches of the heart, and see how much joy you attract into your life.
“Friendship is a relationship, friendliness is a state of your being. You are simply friendly; to whom, that is not the point…” – Rajneesh