A New View of Compassion: A universal idea gets specific
This week, my church hosted a community non-profit called The Compassion Project . Their mission is to lead arts-based educational projects that cultivate compassion for others. The workshop began with a meditation on compassion. ... I closed my eyes ... I breathed in through my nose ... I exhaled through my mouth ... my body melted into my chair ... my mind cleared. The leader asked a series of questions, pausing between each one so we could listen to our silent answers. "What is compassion? What color is it? If it could speak, what would it whisper in your ear?" As we opened our eyes, we were invited to sketch our visions. I knew coming into this session that we'd be painting a wooden tile, and I felt called to include something about disability, so I weaved my meditation ideas around this topic. I took my time developing my drawing then went to get some painting supplies. I began with a yellow background so I could layer in a sunset.