Yesterday I received Pema Chödrön’s Compassion Cards. This practice is lojong (mind-training slogans) which are powerful reminders on how to awaken our hearts and is mentioned in her book “The Places That Scare You.” They are also found in “The Compassion Book.” You choose the cards at random, and I chose the last card #59 today. You pick the slogan, read the commentary, and then try to live by the meaning of the slogan throughout the day.
If it feels right, I may journal or write a blog post on my site about it at the end of each day.
Note: The book and the cards contain the same slogans and commentaries. The book has a little more introduction to them.
Today – March 29th
#59 – Don’t expect applause.
Don’t count on receiving credit for your good deeds. Just do them anyway.
As I reflected and practiced this slogan today, I recalled that this is a truth that I avow to keep and to do for myself. I have done this in what I share and teach not to become an “influencer” or to be popular, or to receive accolades. Not that I never had those moments where I wish I was appreciated more.
It is in the depth of my sharing of my experiences that it may light the way for someone else. Knowing that I have struggled myself over the years with trauma, abuse, physical and other challenges, I only wish to be the lighthouse on the shore directing to the home of their heart.
When I have witnessed this with others, my heart leaps with joy and it is only this acknowledgement that I need. It is that I have blessed someone with kindness and understanding and sent them on their way to their own truth with love.
May all beings be blessed thereby.