Strong Back Soft Front

Can you see the compassion around you today? The heroes and helpers who stand steady in these times of confusion, extending their hearts and hands; do you see them? Can the search for this be in itself a mindful meditation?

Allow us to share a TED talk condensing, exploring, observing COMPASSION. Perhaps thawing small frozen places in us. Thank you Joan Halifax.

The transforming of suffering through compassion can only happen when we are not attached to outcome. Recognising this paradox is key. We must participate without moral outrage, pity or fear and allow the full catastrophe of our humaness to explode onto our awareness.

Then and only then in the light of our mutual situation will we find true compassion, transformation and resilience, mobilising our personal and interpersonal immunity.

Cultivating a strong back and soft front, a steadfast strength and an open heart. An eye for wisdom in the palm of each hand. Compassion is empathy in action.

When do you find yourself most engaged in noticing the helpers? Can you feel your own back rising strong and your heart melting as you observe them? Can you sit still as you watch or do you lend them your heart and hands? Can we tell each other these stories over and over again? 

Blaming / Skuldbeläggande

Blaming and Accountability

Impatience with discomfort and momentary amnesia for one's own 'grit' causes blaming; and blaming makes it almost impossible to actually create this is an important idea I hope to hang onto. Refocus on grit, compassion, patience...and EFFECTIVE accountability.....why do so many good things involve patience with discomfort? When I 'grit' my teeth to persevere, something tightens in me and the discomfort increases. Now to practice 'gritting' without tightening.....feels more like ....?

Click here to see Brene Brown 'On Blame'

So my next question is how does this tie in with my everyday life as a physician, employee and team member?

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