Compassion evens us out and reminds us that we can all be on one side of the road or the other; drowsiness shakes us, makes us beat with the other’s heart and asks us: what if it were me?
We are members of the same club. The one to celebrate life. The pain, the screams, the blood, the noise and the horror were present in France a few days ago, it reminded us of the fall of the Twin Towers, the pain of Madrid and also other distant but not alien pains. We are living in difficult times, some speak of the end of the world, others of the loss of values, growing evil, selfishness, religious fanaticism, terrorism, and madness and unreason.
But few speak of compassion. It is not about transforming ourselves into weak and passive, but quite the opposite, about getting to the heart of the matter and living compassion for the other’s pain, wherever it comes from, whatever it may speak and believe what it believes. Compassion is a feeling that is hurt not only by the pain of the injured sheep but also by the bloodied wolf.
Compassion evens us out and reminds us that we can all be on one side or the other of the sidewalk, it shakes us out of drowsiness and makes us beat with the heart of the other and asks us, what if it were me? Being compassionate should be a compulsory subject in the academic programs of schools, meanwhile, you can teach your children to be compassionate and make a big difference.
Through stories and stories
Through stories and stories, children manage to better grasp the values that you want to instill in them. I recommend reading the story «A rabbit on the road «. Perhaps you can reflect with them, on how to be more compassionate with other companions, their pets and other people.
You often tell yourself that the future is in the hands of your children. In order for them to build a better and more compassionate world, it is very important that you give them the necessary tools to do so. One of them is to help them to experience compassion on a daily basis through concrete acts, at school, home and outside of it, helping those who have special abilities, learning difficulties, are sad or having difficult times. You are the best example in the first step towards learning compassion: help a blind person cross the street, take care of a sick neighbor, comfort someone.
When it comes to playing with your friends
You can help him develop compassionate feelings towards the disappointment and frustration felt by his gaming friends without losing the game, or towards those who have fallen or who were unable, due to some impediment, to play the game.
A weekly challenge
Perhaps you can do compassionate acts as a family for a week and share your personal experiences at the end.
When children have the opportunity to serve, they can learn from their own experience the value of compassion. Let your children collaborate in an NGO, or get involved in activities where they donate their time at an early age.
Stories of your life
Mothers who take time to share their stories leave a strong impact on the soul of their children, stronger than any other means of transmitting value. Share experiences where you have been compassionate, but also where you received compassion from others.
When compassion is activated in daily life, you cannot help but hope that your children will be builders of a more humane and happier world.