How can I be more compassionate?

With so much going on in my own life, it is difficult to stop and think about the lives of others sometimes. I can get so wrapped up in my own ongoings–school work, work stress, my messy house, messy relationships–that I completely forget that there are other people in the world. Not only are there other people in the world, but there are other women in the world, just like me, who live drastically less fortunate lives than I. In an effort to remind myself of my own blessings and all I have to be grateful for, I have decided to do some research. How can I become more aware of the suffering going on in the world around me? How can I find ways to change this suffering? Where can I go, and what can I do? How can I become more compassionate toward those I live in ignorance of?

The Latin root of the word compassion is com–meaning ‘with’, passion— meaning ‘suffering’. To be with the suffering of another, to acknowledge it, to witness it, and then if we are able, to act to relieve it is one of the most noble and sacred acts of being human.

So, I set off in pursuit of the answers to my questions. Take a look at this wonderful organization that helps women in war-torn countries by teaching them skills to support themselves and their families and helping them heal from the many horrors of war…

Women for Women International

I really love this organization because it gives me a direct way to impact other women on a personal level. I feel empowered that I can give a little bit of my own abundance to another women who so desperately needs a little compassion. When you give to this organization, they match you individually with another women in a war-torn country, and you can even correspond directly with them. What seems like ‘just a little’ to you can mean a whole lot to someone else.

If you want to get involved, check it out at http://www.womenforwomen.org/

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