Ashley Lorenzo

Cultivate More Compassion

Cultivate More Compassion

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same.
— Og Mandino

Most of us strive to do all the good we can, by all the means we can, at all times and in all places. There truly is no greater act than putting someone else before yourself. But so many of us struggle to do so. It is often a feat to place others needs before your own. Natural fears and emotions arise when trying to do this. The judgement of others can be debilitating when trying to simultaneously care for them. Or we might be hindered by the lack of love that we have failed to cultivate for ourselves. Without honoring the essence of life that exists within ourselves, how can we extend any love to others? How can we get over the humps of judgement and negativity that we cast onto others? 

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Self-love and care is essential in order to extend love outside of yourself. Being kind to yourself is a necessary process before you’re able to be kind to others. Honoring your unique process and way of interacting with the world enables you to interact better with others. When we can witness our inner selves fully, exposing both our strengths and weaknesses, we discover a connection to all living things. We see the similarity in ourselves to the same people who we might judge or think to be underserving of our love and care. We find a kinship. A sort of kindness develops that moves through us and into all things. 

A natural flow is created.

We must clear any obstructions that block this flow of love and kindness. Honoring yourself and individual process is the way to access an honest and truly selfless compassion for others. Begin to live authentically. If you give yourself a chance to be who you truly are, while loving every part of yourself, you can then establish a real and lasting practice to love and maintain compassion for all living things. Open yourself to others. Expose your essence. Be a witness to the possibilities that will inevitably open for you when you allow love to lead the way. Permit kindness to travel through you and notice the connection that exists amongst all living things. 

Let your love and kindness flow freely. Always keep an open heart and an authentic spirit. 

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