1000 Speak For Compassion

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“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one.

But it will only grow in the mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. …

The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share,

no matter what our stations in life. …

Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion,

we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ”


Goldie Hawn


Compassion is wanting all beings to live free from suffering and to enjoy good health and happiness. 


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We all understand suffering as we have all experienced it in so many forms.

There is personal pain and suffering which we experience ourselves; and there is suffering we witness in the lives of others.  Whether we hear about the suffering of strangers in the day’s news, or whether we listen to loved one’s stories of their own problems, we remaining keenly aware of the many challenges and inequities in our world.

The great religions ask us to remain mindful of the real suffering in the lives of others, and to respond to others with love and compassion.  We are reminded to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves; to show hospitality, to treat others with patience and kindness, and to give of our own resources to help others.


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“Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

But what need is there to say much more?
The childish work for their own benefit,
The Buddhas work for the benefit of others.
Just look at the difference between them!”   




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Bloggers around our planet are coming together today, February 20, 2015,  to remain mindful of the power of compassion.  Compassion, a very powerful sort of love, is perhaps the most potent force for good in the universe.  Our ability to project compassion towards other beings is the fuel which powers our own evolution.

There comes a point when we finally understand that we are all one great being.  As we treat others, we treat ourselves, because we are one.  As we treat our beautiful planet, so we treat ourselves, because we are one.


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Compassion is the strong desire to end suffering, for all beings.  When our thoughts, words, choices, and actions originate in our strong intention to bring happiness to all beings, helping to relieve their sufferings, we live in the light of love.  Our own happiness is amplified and our own personal sufferings diminished.


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Our compassion extends in ever widening circles:  first for ourselves, our families and pets, then to our circle of friends and local community.  We feel compassion for others like us, then for all human beings.  Finally our compassion extends to all sorts of animal life on land, in the air, and in our oceans and waterways; to the forests, the mountains, the oceans,  and the atmosphere which surrounds our Earth.

The more we open our minds and hearts, the more we realize that we are all part of one organism; animated by one great energetic Source.


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And it all begins with our intention to live compassionately.

Please join in this great wave of worldwide compassion today.  Become one of the 1000 voices speaking for compassion. 

Please leave a link in the comments if you are one of the 1000 voices for compassion and create your own post on this theme today!



“Fearlessness is the most prominent characteristic of all bodhisattvas

and all who tread the bodhisattva path.

For them, life has lost its terrors and suffering its sting.

Instead of scorning earthly existence, or condemning its ‘imperfection’,

they fill it with a new meaning.”


Lama Anagorika Govinda


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015


I Choose Compassion- Silver Threading

Widening the Circle of CompassionShunyata


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

9 responses to “1000 Speak For Compassion

  1. I loved your words and images in this post – we could certainly do with a whole lot more compassion in our world.

  2. Hope you dont mind me leaving my link even though it is late. ☺️

  3. Wonderful post, I was not aware of the significance of the date. Compassion is definitely something the world could use a whole lot more of and it is in my hopes every day.
    I see your huddled plants in the garage with their candle guardians. I feel for them! Hopefully, we’ll get on the right ride of a warming trend soon.

    • But which is the right side, Eliza? Jane posted yesterday about her garden a full month ahead of schedule: http://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2015/02/19/spring-is-too-early-at-my-house/ Where is the happy normal?? The plants all made it through last night, and we left two well protected candles burning for them. One was still lit this morning, and we’ve kept them tended all day. Another Arctic night, and we should have a much needed break in the pattern 😉 How are you faring in this endless feeling cold?

      • I, too, am listening to other bloggers whose weather is either too hot or too cold or too much or too little snow. It is worrisome, but what can truly be done? Congress won’t be changing the rules in favor of the environment any time soon, we know who owns them. 😦

        I just keep loading the wood stove. It was sunny, so we had great thermal gain today. It was windy and ten degrees, but it didn’t feel all that bad to me because of the sun while I walked. I stacked wood to get more exercise and that made me sweat!

        • 😉 Chop wood and carry water? Yes, that is truly all that can be done in this moment. I’m glad your wood is holding out. We’ve had bright sunshine today, too, and our roof is mostly clear again. We’re so appreciative for all those surfaces which collect the sun’s heat on days like these. Warm hugs, WG

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