Spiritual WISDOM from Various Traditions
The recent overdose crisis on the New Haven green, highlights the need to address the complicated issues of addiction.
As people of faith, we look to spiritual resources, especially the quality and action of compassion.
May the following reflections and spiritual practices provide food for thought.
1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries;
without them humanity cannot survive.
As soon as I wake up, I remember Buddha’s teaching: the importance of kindness and compassion. Then I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others, that is a meaningful day.
It is not enough to be compassionate, you must act.
2. Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others. It is how we are made. I mean we’re wired to be compassionate. We are wired to be caring for the other and generous to one another. We are to be a reservoir of Joy, an oasis of Peace, a pool of Serenity that can ripple out to those around you. As we see, joy is quite contagious, as is love, compassion and generosity.
3. Pema Chodron
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
4. Mother Teresa
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.