Compassion flows from consciousness becoming aware of life-force reflected in itself. It is the sacred nectar that flows from the opening of our hearts and the shedding our protective layers.
Compassion asks the question: ‘Do I dare see you exactly as you are’… and as such it requires courage — a radical enquiry that risks opening ourself up to the experience of an unknown another (internally or externally), one that may break us open as if it were happening to ourselves.
And sometimes we close ourselves off out of necessity and self-protection. The world can be overwhelming and without firm footing and stability with our place this degree of reckless openness (again directed either internally or externally) can lead to a counter-balancing contraction.
Yet, if a great wave of compassion is ridden all the way into our hearts — it becomes a portal into the remembrance of our shared inheritance: that everything our universal sentient spectrum was born from the same primordial stardust.
This is part of a series of one-word writing prompts inspired by David Whyte’s book ‘Consolations’. Please feel free to contribute your own interpretation and working definition for this word 👇