I woke up this morning thinking about others. Specifically others who I’ve “had a problem with” in the past. I thought long and hard about these people and how I forgive them for all that they ever did that I thought was not right. I felt a feeling of relaxation come over me, and usually I’m wound up pretty tight in the morning.
First thing I thought was – I’ve heard of this thought process and it’s called compassion therapy, or compassion meditation. It’s really not rocket science. It just means you release your stress by thinking good thoughts toward other people.
You don’t have to think of people that you’ve had a problem with either – you can think about anyone you know or met. You can think about a relative, a wife, a husband, a brother, mother, father, aunt, etc. It actually does work well.
You don’t need to sit in any physical position, and you don’t need to be chanting or carrying out some whacko ritual – you can do this first thing in the morning when you are wiping the sleep out of your eyes.
So give it a try. Think about someone you dislike, hate, or despise. Think about them with fondness as the real people they are deep down. We are all children of God and we all deserve love, forgiveness, and compassion.