Compassion for Others – from God

Hi,

As I was thinking about why I can’t get rid of a persistent shoulder problem, this came to me.  It brings up some very interesting questions about the purposes of pain and how we see others and what is going on with them.
I love you!
Paul
Water taking off the sharp edges
Water taking off the sharp edges

You can live in your experiences and see what they have to teach you.  You can find new insights and compassion for others when you have problems yourself and this is the greatest gift you can have…compassion.

Compassion for others shows up when you begin with compassion for what you do.  Compassion has the element of it that will help you to understand others and also see yourself differently.  Compassion is that quality that Jesus showed so clearly and that is the quality that people most appreciate him for.

When you show compassion for others and their issues, you show that you can feel their hurts and sense their pains.  When you feel pain yourself, you learn how it can shape and mold your perceptions and feel what others go through.  When you have persistent, long term pain, you know what it means to suffer within your own world and to further appreciate your own body and the ills that show up for those around you.

Judging others for their health issues is very common amongst you.  You look down at people with sickness and pain because you sense that it is some kind of fault in them or a problem with how they think or behave.  How do you like that coming back to you?  Are you bringing this on yourself and thus, you are not worthy of others compassion or understanding?  Are you above feeling pain because you are somehow above others that have similar maladies?

Now you are amongst those that have not figured it all out and have a very painful problem that is generated by your actions and your thinking.  What are you going to do now?  Are you less likely to look at others with that suspicious eye and judge them for their lack of activity or focus?  What does pain look like from the experiencer side?

You can see how the idea of pain galvanizes you and focuses you to thinking about solutions and working on relief.  If you do not create the relief, you are then relegated to self-doubt, lack of self-worth and more pain.  What is it about your body that it wants to tell you?  How do you listen to what is happening and create resolve or healing that lasts?

There are some very real questions to look at in your life.  What kind of compassion and understanding are you developing for others and what they go through?  Why are you experiencing these feelings now and what are you figuring out about how you are processing your life and feelings?  It is like a puzzle.  What will you discover about the missing pieces?

Wisdom from my loving mate

Hi,
I learnt so much from my upbringing in New Zealand. The greatest concept was to learn how to love fully and to eschew materialism in favor of caring for others. My best mate John took a message I sent out and reminded me again about his compassion and also how to apply great ideas.

I share his response with you to give you a glimpse of the great gift I had from living among such great people.

Love always
Paul

New Zealand tree in Pirongia and our picnic
New Zealand tree in Pirongia and our picnic

Kia ora e Paora

Our good city of Auckland and its infrastructure has been exhausted with the population explosion thats hit us in the last 5 years. The hot topic on our front pages every day is the high cost of housing and homelessness. The average house in Auckland is now valued a million dollars. They say there are 42,000 people out of home, however there are 22,000 empty houses in Auckland being landbanked by investors as they earn more by leaving them empty than having them tenanted as the rise in values goes up higher without tenants.

You are so right in what you said in your last paragraph: “The greatest challenge of life is not about things or accumulations, it is how you deal with and absorb what is available in each moment.”

I stumbled over a 54 year old homeless guy by the name of Stephen Williams in town the other night and he shared with me his grief of being arrested and taken into a police cell for 3 hours for erecting a cardboard box for his abode. I asked him what he was going to do about it, he said I’m going to take it to court as he quoted various laws and statutes of his rights. I commended him for his tenacity and went on to ask where is going to stay and he said he has a tent inside a tree on St Georges Bay Road, Parnell which is one of the highest priced area’s in Auckland. So I drove him to his abode on a double decker bus which he was blown away with in that a stranger would do that for him especially the treat of being on the top of a double decker.

I saw his abode and laughed because he doesn’t pay rent, rates, power, water, insurance’s, maintenance and repairs and yet he has a million dollar view overlooking the Waitemata harbour, he’s surrounded by tree’s and nature, has no neighbours, is right by a bus stop for transport and only walking distance to the main city.

In Stephen Williams case and in what you said, his greatest challenge of life is not about things or accumulations, it is how he is dealing with it. He has chosen to be homeless, although not all of our idea of a lifestyle but he told me about the homeless in Auckland was that they have chosen to be homeless.

He said theres only 30 hardcore homeless people in Auckland in which he is one of them. The other 42,000 homeless are those families in shared housing, living out of garages, sheds, cars and otherwise. He said they too have made their choice of their style of homelessness.

This might well be Stephen Williams answer to Auckland’s housing problems but it certainly opened my eye’s to another perspective that as you said, “only the best can understand and digest the best. Where are you on your ability to accept and integrate these ideas?”

Going back to Stephen Williams cardboard box abode, take a look at this link and a home made of cardboard, he may well have an answer in his own rights afterall:

Houses made from cardboard? Really? It’s true, and these people are making them

Thanks bro

John