Natural Compassion

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It happens naturally;
you don’t have to fake it
until you make it.
The compassion welling up in your heart
will take its time,
like river water carving a canyon in the rock
will take its time;
there’s no hurry.
Start with yourself
and your immediate situation,
then move on to include your loved ones,
friends and family…
the circle of compassion ever widening
slowly, over time…
It might begin to dawn on you
that all beings feel joy and pain
just like you,
that we are not so different
from one another
after all.
Little by little, day after day,
the circle widens, widens, widens.
One day your compassionate heart
will expand to include the whole
universe,
will become the whole universe.

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