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One time I was on a 10-day silent meditation Vipassana retreat. I was sharing a bunk room with 11 other women. One of the women was having a particularly tough time. Sometimes I could hear her crying in our room.
On a Vipassana retreat, you’re not supposed to look at other people or communicate with them, but I felt so strongly to communicate some hope to this woman. At lunch, I could see she was miserable sitting at the next table over. I stared at her until she looked at me, and then I winked at her – to let her know, she’s going to get through this and that things are going to be okay.
Later, she said it meant a lot to her. Intention is everything.
It’s quite disarming to be able to say to someone who is in a bad mood, “I can see it’s a tough day for you. I can so relate.”
We don’t have to change them, or fix them, or heal them, or do anything other than just say, “I can relate.” In that simple statement, there’s non-judgment, and compassion. It makes a difference.
We don’t need to give any advice. In fact, advice is often just veiled judgment.
It often means SO MUCH to be able to just communicate:
I get it. It’s tough sometimes.
You’ll get through this. You’re not a loser.
Those are the words I would have LOVED to have heard a million times. Can you think of someone you could reach out to today and send a simple message of compassion? Not sympathy, not empathy, just a simple:
I get it. I’m thinking of you. You’ll get through this.
Let’s extend the Love today and send Love all around the world!