Day of Compassion - Jones 1 Caleb Jones Professor Hopkins...

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Jones 1 Caleb Jones Professor Hopkins Psychology 201 11 September 2009 A Day of Compassion My participation in the day of compassion assignment was very enlightening. The reactions were not always what I expected. I believed that I knew enough about the re- actions of people toward compassion. I did not think I would discover anything new, but when compassion is intentionally directed toward everyone around you and not just those who obviously need help the reactions differed. During the day of compassion I defined compassion with a component of kind- ness and helpfulness, but did not limit it to this. I also strove to be mentally compassion- ate. This meant that when I saw someone that may be considered different by many people I would not think mean or demeaning thoughts about them. These people would not be excluded from this project. This allowed me to include everyone in the project and not just the people that seemed like I would get along with them. Before I participated in the day of compassion I thought I knew enough about peoples reactions to not be surprised by any, but I was wrong. There were many people that surprised me by their reactions. I will describe in detail these reactions later. In spite of these people I found the “day of compassion me” to be more enjoyable. In the pro- cess of being as compassionate as possible to everyone I experienced a great sense of joy throughout the entire day. If the mind is focused on being compassionate to every- one then it is not using that time to focus on stress or on negative things.
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