(This is a continuing blog series from my attendance at the Boundless Compassion Retreat and Facilitator Training in June 2018. Some of the contents are quoted or adapted from Boundless Compassion – Creating a Way of Life by Joyce Rupp, 2018, with permission from Joyce Rupp, author).
We are in an intimate relationship with our planet. Compassion applies not only to human life but to all of life. Here are some questions to ponder.
- “To what extent are we in sync with nature?”
- “What blunts our awareness of experiencing compassion and sadness for the earth?”
- “What value do we place on life, on all living beings?”
- “What amount of gratitude do we have for life?”
Watch this intriguing, yet sobering depiction, of uncompassionate actions towards nature in this clip called “Turtle World”.
Nurturing our compassion for nature requires intentionality, allowing time to closely observe the uniqueness of flowers, the color of autumn leaves, and the abundance of birds and wildlife. Compassion for creation recognizes that we are “temporary occupants on this magnificent planet that supports life.” Let us do our part to continue the sustainability of our planet.
This concludes my blog series stemming from the Boundless Compassion Retreat. I have addressed these compassion concepts:
- what is compassion,
- compassion as a way of life,
- compassion fatigue, and
- compassion and the marginalized.
I am working with several organizations to incorporate concepts of compassion in their business operations and engagement with customers. I welcome the opportunity to discuss how a compassionate approach can enhance your organization or faith community. Contact me today!