n. One Who Navigates
Eric Hoffer said: "Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless." I came across this quote while reading a blog about self-compassion, which made so much sense to me personally and professionally. Is this something that resonates with you too? For some, compassion comes easily, and for others, not so much so. Compassion is something I believe that I learned through hard lessons; although I'm grateful. Also, I think my patients have taught me about compassion and how to be compassionate. Compassion allows me to see the 'bigger picture' and temporarily suspend any self-absorption. This increases my sense of empathy, love, and unconditional acceptance whether of 'other' or of 'self.' Whatever uncomfortable feelings that I may experience or be experiencing, whether that be anger, resentment, hurt, or countless other emotions, I know allowing myself to experience compassion changes the experience of these emotions; I can see a more complete perspective of life and/or circumstances. I think Eric would agree that compassion is cleansing for the soul.
Taken from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): AFSP, as part of the National Council for Suicide Prevention, is spreading the word about World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10 and Take 5 to Save Lives
, a new public awareness and education campaign that encourages everyone to take five minutes to help prevent suicide.
By taking five minutes to get involved and become informed, you will be part of a national movement to save lives. The campaign asks supporters to take five steps:
- Learn the warning signs for suicide
- Join the online movement to prevent suicide
- Spread the word
- Support a friend
- Reach out if you need help
AFSP is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to spread the word about World Suicide Prevention Day and lend their support. For more information, go to Take5ToSaveLives.org
Trust in your intuition (i.e. listen to your gut). It's likely you can't go wrong. Dr. Matthew Grant