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the art of compassion ____

(Taken by Ayune Hair co-founder, Valerie // Indonesia - 2016)

Lately, I find myself spending more time asking 

"How may I be of service to others" + "How can I do my dharma"

We all have our own interpretation and perspective on life and sometimes we get so caught up in our own story, that we tend to unknowingly move into a space of selfishness. It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, focusing on "why is this person giving me a hard time?" or "when will I be able to live out my passion". Everything starts with an "I" and there's no abundance of happiness in that story.

Recently, I watched a presentation by Thupten Jimpa called "A Fearless Heart: Why Compassion is the Key to Greater Wellbeing" and I felt so moved by his message.

Essentially he implies that compassion is a natural trait that we're born with. We are all born with an innate desire to be compassionate to all things, humans, nature, animals, etc. He states that in Buddhism, compassion is considered to be one of the most important spiritual values and is the fundamental value which underpins all other ethical values and virtues (it is ultimately our foundation and all things are connected to it).


So at what point did compassion take a back seat + our ego take a front seat in our lives? I would say that when we truly connect to our roots, we find that the cause is right in front of us "the loss of connection with our true selves, our root".
I'm on a journey to reconnecting with that + the focal point of this is doing my dharma. When we connect with our true selves, compassion runs through our soul.

My desire is to celebrate kindness.

Celebrate a life where we think about more than ourselves and we realize that we will never lose ourselves in this process but rather find more of ourselves in others.


So ask yourself: How can I be of service to others?


Because on the other side of that is an abundance of happiness and true fulfilment. 

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