Compassion has Benefits!

Via Michael Levin
on Feb 19, 2009
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Butterfly in the McRorie Community Garden
Butterfly in the McRorie Community Garden

(Photo by Mike Levin)

Every day, I read Eknath Easawaran’s “Thought of the Day”. It’s a free email service, even if you’ve bought the book. The book is nice, but getting an email every day to remind you of Eknath’s wisdom is more effective than relying on yourself to pick up the book and read it every day. And, today is my friend Denise Chernoff’s birthday!

Today’s thought has to do with compassion:

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
– George Bernard Shaw

One of the surest proofs of spiritual awareness is that you will have respect and concern for all people, whatever country they come from, whatever the color of their skin, whatever religion they profess.

When you become aware that you are a part of the whole, something amazing happens in your life: you will be able to act spontaneously, almost effortlessly, for the good of all. You won’t have to do research about famine to understand the needs of children in Africa and Asia who are unable to find enough food. You will understand, and you will find it impossible to waste food. Now you know that when a community in South America suffers, the whole suffers. You will find ways and means to help: perhaps change to a vegetarian diet so that the grain that is used to feed animals may be sent to the countries that sorely need it. You will be impelled into action, which is what awareness of unity means.



About Michael Levin

Michael loves sharing what he's learned about organic lifestyles like living off the grid and bicycle commuting. He calls it "lifestyle entrepreneurship". He's into organic gardening, mindful living, and realizes that we only have this life and each other. His favorite quote is "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." (James A. Michener)


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