Compassion is an awareness of others’ suffering coupled with a willingness to take action to relieve the suffering.
Actively practicing compassion can boost your courage to be present and resourceful in the face of life’s challenges.
Compassion can calm your nervous system and strengthen your capacity for meaningful relationships, connections and intimacy with others. It can enhance your well-being and happiness by reducing stress, anxiety, loneliness and empathy fatigue.
Compassion can also connect you with your values and purpose to increase your clarity and focus.
Compassion is perhaps the most powerful and effective tool you can use to care for yourself and others. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama famously said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
And yes, compassion can be cultivated and enhanced! There are specific exercises you can do to build your compassion muscle. Like a great workout, it feels amazing.