Week 30: Caring

Cherishing

To cherish: to hold something dear. To hold someone close and still be able to let go. To be present, to stand up. To respond to another person’s needs. All of these things transcend ego and open us to Love.
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Letting Go

Love is why I came here in the first place. Love is now the reason I must go. [John Denver, “Seasons of the Heart”] And sometimes the best we can do is let go.  
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Standing Up

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. . . . Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. [Elie Wiesel, Nobel Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1986.] At other times, people need our support. Few things express
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Being Present

Sometimes the most caring thing we can do for someone is to be present in a time of need. The simple act of human contact and what it represents is all we can do, and enough.
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Empathy

Empathy is being at one with the emotions of others, including but not limited to their suffering. It is not pity or even sympathy; it is understanding and entering into, or recognizing and sharing, another person’s feelings. Returning to the first few distinctions we made, recall that our own life
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Compassion

Compassion is being at one with another’s suffering.
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Caring

When we care about other people for their sake instead of our own, we transcend the primal bonds of ego. This may be the essential building block for a just society.
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