T H E Y
. . .say that Class is always in Session,
but it really does make a difference
as to which one,
C O M P A S S I O N 1 0 1 :
The understanding and application of what it means to
“S u f f e r W I T H”
a n o t h e r ;
to learn and then to apply
the feeling that arises
when one is confronted with another’s suffering
t h e n
being motivated to relieve that suffering
in a single distinct
or varied ways. . .
Are you signing up?
Is it required
D O Y O U N E E D IT ?
What would your final project include?
Up until now,
not a whole lot
s c i e n t i f i c a l l y
known about our potential
or possibility to actually create compassion—
the emotional state of caring for people
who are suffering in a way
that motivates a more caring behavior for others.
W E L L . .
Researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
actually proves that people can become more compassionate.
T h e y
had the SPECIMENS practice compassion,
first on a loved one,
then someone like a friend,
and then for themselves
and then someone they actually had past conflict with
like a troublesome co-worker.
T h e y
actually surmised that people can actually build up their
c o m p a s s i o n m u s c l e
and respond to other’s suffering
with care and a sincere desire to help;
So. . .
you are in particular need of some training
or at least a good refresher
you can actually go to the
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
website and Compassion on UP. . .
we could just actually be more compassionate. . .
on our own. . .
on purpose. . .
Dare to assume,
actually on purpose,
‘that every person you have contact with,
on every occasion
just actually might be having the worst day of their lives. . .
Seriously, if you treated every person that way–
as if they were having their worst day,
suffered a terrible loss,
found out horrific personal news–
you don’t think you would be more compassionate
and that in fact,
they wouldn’t severely benefit?
It’ll cost you little
to hold a door,
pick up a dropped piece of paper or book,
compliment a hairstyle or a pair of glasses,
pay for the cup of coffee for the one behind you,
throw a quarter in the parking meter,
pass a tissue,
wash a car windshield
or being as anonymously creative as you can let yourself imagine. . .
Hmmmmmmm of the day:
Y O U W I L L F E E L B E T T E R A N D B E N E F I T !
There’s a study to prove it
. . . or you can actually find out on your own;
Don’t decide to be more Compassionate. . .
Just one person,
one deed at a time,
d o i t .
And then. . .
just better yourself,
beat your own record every day,
by doing just one more kind act than yesterday. . .
W O W
Look at that Compassion Muscle,
F l e x !
See you at the Blackboard, Class