SELF-COMPASSION RESTORES US to the steady heartbeat of our humanity. As we turn inward, we extend to ourselves the same compassion we would extend to others. Following the essential components of compassion, this essentially entails taking our own PULSE.
P – Paying attention. Cultivate a nonjudgmental, nonreactive awareness of whatever agitation is present within you.
U – Understanding empathically. Listen for and be moved by the suffering hidden within the cry of this agitation – the fear, longing, or aching wound in need of tending.
L – Loving with connection. As you are moved by the suffering within you, extend tender care toward the need or wound that presents itself.
S –Sensing the sacredness. Recognize and savor the expanse of compassion that holds and heals every suffering within you.
E – Embodying new life. Notice the gifts and qualities of restored humanity that are being birthed within you.
In taking our PULSE, we not only relax the reactivities, repulsions, fears, and drives that distort our natural humanity but also tend to the wounds and needs hidden within them. In so doing, we are restored to ourselves – selves that are naturally compassionate.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
From pages 29-30 of Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
If you took your PUSLSE now, how would you describe it? Share your thoughts.
When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Luke 4:28-30, NRSV
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