EXPANDING YOUR COMPASSION
- Watch the Ted Talk: Expanding your circle of compassion by Robert Thurman
- Have the group do a written reflection:
- Pick one person you would categorize as a friend, stranger, and enemy. (An enemy can be a strong word, but for our purposes it is someone we have ill feelings towards).
- Write down why you chose each person for these categories, what about these people makes them a friend, stranger, or enemy?
- Now, take time to write down what you think makes each of those people happy and sad.
- Have a facilitator lead the group through a meditation like this:
- Think of the person that you listed as your friend.
- Think of what makes them happy.
- Think of what makes them sad.
- Meditate on the sadness, and send it away.
- Meditate on the happiness, and draw it closer.
- Visualize their happiness, their joy, and their satisfaction.
- Repeat this same process with all 3 people.
- What happiness and sadness did you visualize for each person?
- Did that visualization change how you viewed each person?
- Is it possible to change your perspective on the stranger and an enemy when you think from their point of view?
Submitted by Bernard Rigsbee and the Arkansas Youth Ministry