Compassion exercise

August 31, 2017


compassionOur world is crying out for compassion. Can you hear it?  What would happen if compassion began with us, I wonder? Would it make a difference? I think it would. Compassion is like a bright sun, lighting up the worlds around us.

So when I found this Compassion exercise in an Avatar brochure, I knew I’d share it with you. It’s meant to be done for a stranger, wherever people congregate.


Pick a person in the crowd. Someone you don’t know. Complete all five steps on the same person.  With your complete attention on the person, repeat each sentence to yourself, one by one.

  1.  Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.
  2. Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.
  3. Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.
  4. Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs.
  5. Just like me, this person is learning about life.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

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19 comments on “Compassion exercise
  1. What a great exercise! Yes our world is screaming out for compassion and for several years now I have been performing 3-random acts of kindness a day. I am a very empathetic and compassionate person but I’m going to try to step it up a notch.

  2. I think this is something we can all use! Even those of us who try to live compassionate lives can still fall into the trap of not caring due to our scheduling and busy lives. I think it’s key to actually practice to be the kind of people we want to be.

  3. Isn’t it funny how compassion can be so difficult? Isn’t it absurd how we forget that everyone we meet is likely trying to eke out some happiness and comfort in their day? This is wonderful and a great reminder that we are all one. If we could get to the root of our differences we would probably all be better people in a better world.

  4. Pam says:

    This is a great exercise. I think sometimes it’s easy to forget that other people, on some level, are just like us.

  5. Marcie W. says:

    This is definitely an area I need to work on. I often struggle to remember that everyone deserves compassion, even those that are mean and hateful. Thank you for the uplifting reminder!

  6. Theresa says:

    If we all took these 5 steps, think of how much happier the world would be. There’s so much negativity out there right now, we could all do with showing a bit more compassion towards our fellow man.

  7. With all that’s going on right now? I absolutely agree that we need more kindness and compassion these days. I try my best to help out and to involve the kids as well, so that they’re aware of what’s happening around them and they know what to do to help out.

  8. These are really great words. Such a great way to show kindness during these times.

  9. These are great things to remember about folks, especially when you feel yourself becoming frustrated. And this is so simple, too!

  10. What a great exercise! A few words to yourself can really make you look at someone differently. It’s true we are all trying to get through this thing called life!

  11. I was taught to do this from a young age. It truly changes your perspective.

  12. Wendy Polisi says:

    I don’t do this specifically but I always practice compassion. I am with you….this world needs all the compassion it can get and it has to start with us.

  13. elizabeth o says:

    It’s a wonderful way to affirm others and clear space in a new setting… I kept thinking it would be lovely to reach out and say hello too. 🙂

  14. Our Family World says:

    This should be habit for all of us. I mean, who are we to judge. Everyone has their own battles to face everyday just like us. Sometimes I get misunderstood that I am such a crabby person, but the truth is, suffering from a chronic illness is not something to smile about. I may be in pain or I may be a little dizzy and I am just trying to get through the day alive.

  15. Lea says:

    Oh you are so right! Very beautifully written.

  16. It is always a good thing to be compassionate! Especially these days

  17. I do something similar, a sort of ‘random act of kindness’ each day, it usually brightens my day as much as it does the recipient.

  18. Crystal says:

    Some days I get so wrapped up in what I’m doing or what’s going on in my world, I forget to step back and examine the bigger picture. This compassion activity sounds like a wonderful way to examine the world from others’ point of view.

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