Compassion brings us to a STOP, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.

Stop to watch these videos. See what you might be unknowingly endorsing.

Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.
Arnold Toynbee

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
Frederick Buechner

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
Albert Schweitzer

Our task must be to free ourselves this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Compassionate action involves working with ourselves as much as working with others.
Pema Chodron

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

Abstain from buying products that are tested on animals. Any product that doesn’t print on its label Not Tested On Animals, probably does. Choose to buy products that don’t.
Stop eating animals & animal products. Check all food labels carefully. Look for vegan or vegetarian food labels. Support your local plant-based restaurants.
Volunteer at local animal shelters & animal sanctuaries. Adopt an animal, give a helping hand monthly, or work during their fundraising events.
Donate to organizations that speak up for animals. Support organizations that rescue, care-for, & spread the message of compassion towards animals.
Help with animal rescues. All kinds of support is needed: transportation; temporary animal homes; emails; phone calls; research; & much more.
Contact your city council & government officials. Let them know that this is a public concern & is unacceptable. Write them, call them. Let them know this is important to you.
Share what you know with everyone. Many people are completely unaware of what is happening with food production, as well as animal testing — let them know what is going on!

If we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living.
Thich Nhat Hanh

[The quote used as the title of this blog post is by Mason Cooley.]

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