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Compassion

The essence of human to nurture what’s here

Caring for each other sharing good cheer

Quietly connecting with the longings of others

Being a dear mother father sister or brother

 

It’s not a quality we need to cultivate

It’s born deep within part of our gait

It lives in our marrow and in our genes

Inhabits our soul we know what it means

 

When others engage with untoward action

We choose whether to give their action traction  

We can react lash back at their force

Or we get bigger avoiding any remorse

 

Recognize think about who’s over there

Reflect on their story listen and hear

Look at their history where they come from

Grasp their motivation and deep intention

 

Respond with perspective and understanding

Give yourself some no need to be demanding

Essential compassion is who you are

When you give it freely you will go very far

 

When dealing with others do you stop to put yourself in their

shoes before making judgments about their behavior?

Can you recall the last time you did that and then responded from that

context?

How did that contribute to the relationship?

How did that make you feel about yourself?

- Stewart Levine ©

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I have always been a seeker, always looking for the answers to what seekers ponder. I can remember Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Psychocybernetics; Dr. Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person. Moving through my legal training and practicing law the focus was always about people and how to better their lives. All that searching, reading, studying and introspective work culminated in this collection of daily readings for seekers.

My work in the world has progressed from fighting legal cases to mediating divorces to helping people understand the essentials of relationship and collaborating to these poems. How can we collaborate effectively and work with each other in harmony to create the world we seek. How can we mindfully enable this world to become a place that works for all.

My prayer is that through introspection using these poems as a guide we can all grow together in making the world the Heaven on Earth we all aspire toward.

Categories:   Poems

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