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A Different Kind of Compassion

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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A Different Kind of Compassion

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about a different form

of compassion for other people.

I'm going to start with a bold statement.

I believe sometimes the most compassionate

thing you can do for another person

is to actually let them struggle.

Now, this one can be hard to hear and

hard to understand, but if you think

back on your own life, chances are your

biggest growth points were during or after

periods of intense pain and confusion.

What might've happened if that

pain period was cut short?

If someone took you out of it?

If they kept you from

reaching rock bottom?

Would you have had the

same insights and growth?

Would you be who you are today?

There's no right answer to this truly.

I can name many scenarios where I

believe a person would have been

much better off with less pain

and more help from another person.

And this is especially true when

the situation is trauma related.

But alleviating someone's pain

is not always in their best

interest, especially when it comes

to longterm growth and insights.

If the intention behind your compassionate

action is to help this person improve

their life, then letting them have their

own learning experience, even if it means

greater pain in the present might be

the compassion they most need from you.

As with all big decisions in life, you

ultimately have to use your own judgment.

But I hope this gives you another

perspective to consider, and it may help

you feel less guilty letting someone close

to you, go through their own journey.

It's important to show compassion.

And sometimes the most compassionate

thing we can do for another

person is to let them struggle.

Thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you in the

meditation and take care.

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