Compassionate Living

Written by Heather J. Tait

Title: Compassionate Living

Author: Heather J. Tait Email: URL: Silence Speaks, Word Count: 827

*** ARTICLE *** As we grow into a more spiritual means of living it changes our outlooks and perspectives. What we once did not recognize or were aware of in our conscious every day life, we begin to pay attention to. We begin looking atrepparttar fine lines and intricate details of our activities andrepparttar 137132 people and places involved. We begin to look at ourselves more closely instead of just skimming overrepparttar 137133 surface.

When we awaken these senses, we begin to have compassion for others withrepparttar 137134 same ability or even lack of ability. We begin to experience empathy on a more conscious level than just human. This occurs because we are entering a positive state of awareness. Instead of only seeing our little circle of friends and family as a center from that which our lives extend, we see ourselves as a part ofrepparttar 137135 whole. We begin to recognizerepparttar 137136 connection between ourselves andrepparttar 137137 world around us. We may act as individuals, but how we act affects us all.

This concept is not limited to people alone. It extends far beyond simply a human capacity. This concept stands for all living things. We haverepparttar 137138 ability to recognizerepparttar 137139 connection present in all life formations from humans, to animals, to even plants. With this brain capacity and spiritual awareness, we are given a responsibility to respect all of which we encounter. This may be difficult for some human beings to see, as not all life formations communicate in our language, however they do communicate, and they do respond to positive and negative treatment.

Plants are a primary example, as they do not speak human language. If you care for a plant and nourish it with water and sunlight, it will grow. It will increase in size and possibly bare flowers or fruit, depending on its type. This plant may give off pollen, seeds, and even oxygen to its environment. Animals, human beings, andrepparttar 137140 environment where this plant lives begin to make use of its offerings. Ifrepparttar 137141 plant is not cared for, it will wilt, turn colors, and eventually, cease to exist. So when we take care of one formation, we are essentially caring for all other formations that come into contact with it.

We are responsible for preserving that which we encounter. In fact consider yourself appointed to care for a life formation if it is guided into your presence. If a stray or wounded animal comes to you, then do as you see fit to care for it. If you cannot care for it directly, take responsibility to seek a shelter or loving home forrepparttar 137142 animal. You just may wind up with a loyal and trusted companion inrepparttar 137143 end that you did not realize existed.

We are responsible for preserving nature. We rely on nature constantly without even thinking about all ofrepparttar 137144 resources that are used atrepparttar 137145 cost of our daily living expense. Think aboutrepparttar 137146 fuel you use in your car. If this is something you use frequently, think about what you can do to conserve. Maybe start commuting to work through mass transit or a co-worker. Maybe you are close enough to your place of employment where you can walk or ride a bicycle. Look for healthy alternatives to a stagnant lifestyle.

Spiritual Friendships

Written by Heather J. Tait

Title: Spiritual Friendships Author: Heather J. Tait Website: Word Count: 473

As we walk along our paths in life, we will encounter several forms of friendships. There will be friends of convenience, friends by association, and friends ofrepparttar heart. Friends out of convenience are friendships that you might have simply because you both are accessible to one another. These friendships are common in a work or school environment as people are united by place alone. You might even term these friendships as Ďassociatesí instead of friends, because you associate with one another because you feel that you have to.

These types of friendships can easily disappear as quickly as they came or they can actually turn into more meaningful friendships as time moves on. Then there are friends by association, friendships that exist because of an association with another friend. You might acquire these forms of friendships because of your current friends. You acquire your friendís circle of companions and make them your own. These associations can lack strong foundations and even knowledge of one another, but either way, you respect them as a part ofrepparttar 137131 friend that originatedrepparttar 137132 encounter.

Then there are friendships that are few and far between, friends ofrepparttar 137133 heart or friends ofrepparttar 137134 spirit. You may find this form of friendship with or in addition to your significant other. This type of friendship is guided through a profound spiritual connection. They are very pronounced and spiritually ignited. They can overcome distance. They can surpass cultural and language barriers. They can surpass age and even gender.

They do not exist out of convenience or association. These friendships exist out of respect and purpose. This unity of beings connects our hearts to our souls. They remind us and encourage our greatness and contribute to our over all well-being. These friendships exist onrepparttar 137135 purest of levels. They are not sexually motivated. They do not even necessarily rely onrepparttar 137136 power of any physical contact. They exist on a level all on their own.

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