Compassion Within a Relationship

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“The nature of humanity, its essence, is to feel another’s pain as one’s own, and to act to take that pain away. There is nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” 

~John Connolly
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Holding Hands

In our previous relationship articles, we discussed:

This month is all about being compassionate. The Dalai Lama says, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” How can you truly have a meaningful relationship with yourself or a significant other if you cannot master compassion and love?

When thinking about compassion, entertain the following questions:

  • How would you like your ideal caring, compassionate image to look or appear?
    • Would you want your ideal compassionate image to feel/look/seem old or young; to be male or female (or non-human-looking, e.g., an animal, sea, or light)?
  • How would you like your compassionate image to sound?
    • What would be a compassionate voice tone for you?
  • Are there any other sensory qualities that would come with your image, such as colors or sounds?
  • How would you like your ideal compassionate image to relate to you?
    • What would help you sense their commitment and kindness for you?
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Flamingo Float

Now, write a letter to yourself about compassion – how you want to give it and how you want to receive it. Some synonyms for the word compassion are kindness, gentleness, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, and tolerance. Do any of these strike a chord with you? You can give it a name or color or sensation. Let it run through your whole body and breathe it out of your heart.

“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”

~Jack Kornfield

I know a Master Teacher who is known for asking you to float down the river of love, joy, peace, and compassion. What a peaceful and heart-centered ride it would be on that river! Jump aboard the river ride and practice being more compassionate.

Connecting With Teresa Gregg

Author Bio:

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Teresa Gregg

Teresa Gregg, Lumine Your Way CEO/Founder

My name is Teresa Gregg. I am a mom of two adult children and a grandma of four grandchildren. 

I was born with congenital glaucoma and uveitis. In 1993 I had my left eye removed due to glaucoma and in 2013 my right eye also. After that surgery I fell into depression then eventually became tired of living in victim mode. 

I am a Certified Transformational Life Coach with the certifications to assess/debrief with the Energy Leadership Index and Emotional Intelligence 2.0. In 2017 I won the Hadley School for the Blind Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship Program Grant to start my own coaching practice.

It is my vision to offer endless positive possibilities for a heart-centered energetic passion-driven lifestyle. Working with families who have children with disabilities and being a liaison between the family and their IEP team is rewarding. Partnering with schools for the blind in workshops regarding social interactions, recreation and leisure, self-advocacy, self-determination, Human Growth Development, and Sexual Education is a passion for me. Helping others understand their sexuality and social and emotional skill sets is the best gift I can offer those with a visual impairment.

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  • Author Bio photo is a headshot of Teresa who is smiling while her long brunette hair cascading over the shoulders of her hunter green top.

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