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Compassion – It’s What’s For Dinner



Compassion at its core comes from finding a place with in to genuinely care for others. Compassion could be for a person, group, nature, family, or everybody. Some people can only find in themselves to have compassion for those around them or who have done well for them.

Some will find compassion and thankfulness for those who they don’t know or who may have wronged them as well.

These tend to be the ones to truly make a difference in many peoples’ lives. Your level of compassion relates directly to your level of tolerance. Our culture is very diverse, and the majority of people will think differently than you.

Compassion requires patience – acceptance

Expanding your compassion requires patience and tolerance towards things and people that may be different or not think or act to your liking. Compassion helps to promote peace and acceptance in those times. Which has a deep impact on our emotional states.

Remember that peace and happiness come from within, not from outside. Its one thing to dislike a behavior or opinion, its another to have no compassion or care for a person because of it. That is just being closed minded to just how big and diverse the world and peoples experiences in it are.


Compassion tempers the cruelty inside of us. The natural enemy of compassion is selfishness. Basing your actions, behaviors, and opinions only on what is good for you removes your ability to think about how they effect others.

We have all seen how arguments and debates often escalate due to the selfishness of the participants. Martial Arts are not about being right, or tearing others down in order to win. The arts are about being in control of yourself, not forcing yourself on others.


The first step of compassion is trying to be understanding. Trying to understand a situation fully, or where someone is coming from by listening BEFORE knocking them down with your point, or downplaying their feelings.

This is a huge cause of miscommunication in relationships. Assuming we understand what the other is saying, without really looking at it through their eyes.


Even if you dislike or disagree with someone, compassion is a quick way to being at peace for yourself.

When you can find in yourself an ability to still care about people even if they have wronged you, you become less tormented by stress in your life.

For example, you may not agree with or get along with someone at work or school. Tolerance and compassion give you the ability to feel the way you do while still respecting them for who they are and the way they think. It’s really cool because it helps you to get along better with people and enables you to make more friends. With less drama.


I recently heard this from someone, “isn’t just caring enough.” When talking about going out of your way to show your care. “I say I care, that should be enough.”

Knowing you care, and someone else seeing how much you care are two completely different things. Last week we discussed Integrity, keeping your word, and how that makes your word valuable. Is just saying that you care enough to make whoever your speaking to feel valued?

Saying it does mean something, sometimes. Like anything else though, if you all you do is talk without backing it up, who is going to keep believing you? We all know the boy who cried wolf.


We all know this, anyone can talk, but few put action to their words. I understand being busy, boy do I understand that. There are many small ways to show how much you care about someone, something, or a situation.

Do you ever do the chores someone you care about normally does to help them out? Not offer to do them, actually do them.

How about run a nice bubble bath for someone you know has had a tough day? Maybe just play a game with them to get their mind off it?

Do you ever take left over food to give to someone, just because you know it would help them?

Do you ever smile at a stranger when they seemed stressed? Many of us have been to one store or another where one of the workers is overloaded, near overwhelmed. We’ve seen people in line grumbling about it, making short remarks about it in front of the worker. You ever smile at them, tell them its okay, your not in a hurry. Tell them to slow down and breathe?

Do you ask questions before trying to make a point? To make sure you understand exactly where someone is coming from or how they are feeling?


I’m going to talk about kids for a minute. I know not all of you reading this may have kids, but those that do, you can’t always know what they are thinking and feeling, especially early on.

Its easy as they are growing older to continue to do as we do when they can’t communicate, which is mostly guess and assume.

Thing is, kids can understand a ton more by age 5-8 than many of us realize. Developmentally, they are still very much slave to their thoughts and emotions though. It is easy for us to get busy and pass off their sadness or frustration as ‘not a big deal’ or ‘nothing to get worked up over’.

To us what may seem tiny, might be a good part of the world to them.

but, if it was you…

My own son lost one of his favorite toys recently. I down played it, acted like it was no big deal, he calmed down stopped talking about it, thought I did the right thing.

I didn’t realize until days later how much it had meant to him though. It was more than the toy itself to him, it was a safety net. It had sentimental value, and I had just passed off something that meant a good deal to him. Something that left him feeling empty and sad.

So I backpedaled, I showed I cared

I sat with him, asked him questions about how it made him feel. Why he was having trouble dealing with life without it. Tried to relate the toy to something I use a lot and has sentimental value to me, how would I feel if i lost it? Then those I cared about played it down like it didn’t matter?

Then I understood, I was in his shoes and understood exactly how it feels, because I have felt it before. Now I was better equipped to help him deal with the situation and find a solution to the problem.

It also gave me an amazing opportunity to teach a valuable lesson on paying attention to our things (focus), respecting our things and treating them well, not rushing through, and how to take steps to solve a problem.

Check out our Compassion week power phrases below to use as mantra’s or family motto’s to help set the tone of practicing COMPASSION.




These phrases make great mantra’s and family motto’s when discussing and working on the concepts of Compassion. Share with us, do you have more? What are your favorites?

Compassion Power Phrases:



Tell your partner YOU ARE IMPORTANT


Compassion Power Questions:

Who Cares? (class lead to say) I CARE

Does kicking someone for no reason show compassion? NO SIR

If I bump into someone and don’t ask if they are okay does that show compassion? NO SIR

Does asking how others feel show compassion? YES SIR

What does compassion mean? CARE FOR OTHERS

Who is going to show care for their parters? ME SIR

Who is going to watch out for others around them? ME SIR

Who is going to care about those around them? everyone say I CARE – I CARE


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