3 Compassion Practices for Connection

  1. Re-Member to Reconnect
  • of the ways other people are feeling, and have felt, the same way you are feeling now.
  • This emotion is a normal part of human life.
  • There’s nothing wrong with me, and I’m not alone.
  • Offering compassion to someone you love,
  • Then to someone you feel neutral towards
  • Then to someone you have difficult feelings towards, and
  • Eventually to everyone in the world. This practice allows us to literally practice cultivating feelings of kindness and care for ourselves and then for others, and reminds us that the feeling of compassion is the same, no matter whom we are directing it towards.
  • Start by saying these phrases to yourself, in your head or out loud:
    May I be happy
    May I be safe
    May I live free from suffering
    May I be at peace.
  • Then repeat these phrases for a person you love, such as:
  • Then direct the same phrases towards a person you feel neutral about.
  • Next, direct the same phrases towards a person you slightly dislike.
  • Finally, try sending these compassionate feelings out to all people.
Sonja Favaloro, Holistic Counselor

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