Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Blessed....What are merciful actions?
SOMETIMES IT TAKES
EVERYONE TO HELP.
I was given a set of healing cards. They are so beautifully written.
By Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso
After I have pulled a card and sat with it for awhile, I like to try to give images to the words.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is a rare word, one hardly spoken. What are merciful actions?
Not judging another; speaking with kind words;
thinking compassionate thoughts about others.
May acts of mercy
come your way.
The first saying, from Psalm 41 of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, offers an astute psychological insight that is recognized increasingly today. Absorption in our own troubles, or in our unending need for gratification, creates a negative momentum that can lead not only to Narcissus, but to addictive and high-risk behavior as well. When we move the focus of our attention from ourselves to others, we also remove an enormous burden from our backs. The need to satisfy our unrealistically high expectations. As the Dalai Lama might put it,
compassion is its own reward."
Well, there is it. So well put that I can not offer another word.