Title: Compassionate Living
Author: Heather J. Tait Email: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: Silence Speaks, http://www.silencespeaks.com 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 at fine lines and intricate details of our activities and people and places involved. We begin to look at ourselves more closely instead of just skimming over surface.
When we awaken these senses, we begin to have compassion for others with 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 of whole. We begin to recognize connection between ourselves and 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 have ability to recognize 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, and environment where this plant lives begin to make use of its offerings. If 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 for animal. You just may wind up with a loyal and trusted companion in end that you did not realize existed.
We are responsible for preserving nature. We rely on nature constantly without even thinking about all of resources that are used at cost of our daily living expense. Think about 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.