– Heartwood Path Waypoint 64 –
Show Mercy To Others
Displaying mercy is one of the best ways to practice being moral. Mercy keeps you focused on what you are for rather than on what you are against. Rather than being against starvation, through mercy you feed the hungry, for example. Mercy encourages you to find loving solutions rather than angry reactions. It helps you rectify affronts rather than exacting retributions.
The next time you have the opportunity, seek justice but temper it by forgiving someone whom you could punish. Or, practice leniency by relieving the suffering of someone you dislike. As you do such things notice how mercy triumphs over judgement. Start with yourself. Give yourself compassion for past actions. When facing injustice, state how you feel and then let it go. When you speak of your wrath your wrath will end.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Showing Mercy To Others
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Showing Mercy To Others. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) look around you to see if you see more acts of mercy than judgmental condemnations. In general, are animals in nature more merciful or more judgmental? Write down your answer in your journal. Next, think about how someone has wronged you or did something that you find difficult to condone. Think of this wrongdoing not as the wickedness that comes from bad intentions (because there are none) but as an error-in-practice, a mis-step as one attempts to do right but fails. If you are having difficulty allowing mercy to triumph over judgement then focus not so much on the wrong-doing but on your own inability to find forgiveness, or on relieving the suffering, or on understanding the root cause(s) of the poorly-chosen act(s). There are always understandable antecedents that cause unfortunate behaviors. It is your job to find them. Do not merely punish someone for a wrong-doing. Focus instead on root causes rather than on the poor behaviors. Work hardest on finding the mercy within yourself. Work on raising your own standards of acceptance, never by condoning bad acts, but rather by focusing on putting mercy over judgement. After a bad act, love the offender anyway. Forgive. Seek to relieve the suffering that is likely to be behind the bad action(s). Never expect rapid changes in behavior. If necessary, remove yourself from harm’s way. Be patient and allow your own suffering over the bad actions to, slowly but surely, give way to service. It is an act of faith to assume that there will be unexpected positive surprises ahead. When they occur, acknowledge them and offer praise. I started such a process on 12/12/12 and by 12/21/12 it truly seemed like the dawning of a new world. I can now let bygones be bygones. See if repeating these steps opens up a new world for you. These are the ways to exercise your mercy muscle and to launch a new era. Write in your journal how you will show mercy to a difficult someone. Keep the comments above in mind or try some mercy-builders of your own. Then write down the results in your journal, focusing more on how you improved yourself and less on how you judged the “offender.”
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
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