Resurfacing exercise

The Compassion Exercise©

 By Harry Palmer

his exercise can be found on page 90 of the English version of the book called ReSurfacing® written by Harry Palmer. ©1999 Star’s Edge International All rights reserved. Reproduced here by special permission.

Objective: To increase compassion in the world

Expected results: A personal sense of peace.

Instructions: This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches etc.) It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, from some distance. Try to do all five steps on the same person.

Step one:   With attention on the person, repeat to yourself “Just like me,   this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.”

Step two:   With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me,   this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.”

Step three:   With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me   this person has known sadness, loneliness’, and despair.”

Step four:   With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me   this person is seeking to fulfil his/her needs.”

Step five:   With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me,   this person is learning about life.”

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