i did a meditation retreat in india and the most important thing I got out of it was the idea of compassion. People do hurtful things because they are lacking love in their lives. If we react in a loveless manner to them then we add to the lack of love and misery in their lives. If we react with love, compassion and kindness then we might be able to soften their misery.
while i was in India, so many foreigners are always fighting with rickshaw drivers over a few rupees. my friend just started giving these men, who often sleep in their rickshaws, a few extra rupees and a smile at the end of each ride. after i started doing this and, most importantly smiling and joking around with the drivers, I no longer had to fight with them because I headed off the situation with generosity. it changed everything for me.
It’s not always easy to respond with compassion but if you step back and take a deep breath, you’ll realise that but it’s always worth it. This is the change I want to be. :)
love & compassion