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Contemplation and Compassion

As we all face daily our world and its many challenges, I am reminded of our Ursuline Mission Statement…..our call is to transform the world through Contemplation, Justice and Compassion. And so I am suggesting a couple simple and transformative practices I do myself. May they bring about the transformation so needed and desired for our world today.

Take whatever time is good for you anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour for contemplative prayer. If possible in the morning and in the evening.

Use your breath to help center and quiet down. Focus your attention on your heart space and breath. Once you have an easy rhythm activate a positive emotion…love, peace, gratitude, compassion (etc.). Continue to breathe slowly and deeply and allow the emotion(s) to fill your heart and whole body and allow these blessings to fill your life and then send them as you are guided from your heart to the world. Surround our world with love.

As you move through your day, pause for 30 sec or a minute, reconnect with your heart and prayer and send it to whatever situation you are in, allowing the Spirit to guide you.

In “The Joy Book” the Dalai Lama suggests that ten minutes of meditating on compassion and kindness for others (world) is a way to maintain a calm and joyous mind and he adds, “ you will see its effects all day.”

Let us Be the change we want to see in our world!

Sister Ann Winters