While committing yourself to peace and compassion requires no action and no effort ... just quietness ...
Maybe in 'committing yourself' to peace and compassion - but not if one is enacting it in relative experience.
And yes, I get that it flows on a power source, but it is not always quiet, actionless or effortless, even in holding your commitment in the unfolding of it. It is often tumultuous, and wherein thinking you have your commitment may lay on a bed of peace and no action in meditations and theory, the actions flowing from it in practice (practical application) are not without thought and neither would it be wise.
In recent times think Ghandi, think Mandela and Desmond Tutu, think the Dalai Lama, think the young man that stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square, think East Timor's independence leader Xanana Gusmão and Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta, the latter two leading East Timorese activists for peace and independence, received the Nobel Peace Prize for ""their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor" while the former served his time in prison.
A commitment to peace and compassion isn't just a head-space thing, it's a way of being, often willingly, awarely and capably being an instrument of them.
such as the Dalai Lama recognises, such as Jesus is reported to have recognised, and just as anyone who has the commitment to choose love and compassion over fear it's not enough to say or think a commitment, one traverses being it, allowing it, choosing it and applying it.
The practice of compassion then is practical application of it ----
"My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. These things are very useful in our daily life, and also for the whole of human society these practices can be very important.
"Basically, universal responsibility is the feeling for other people's suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our own enemy is motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.
"At the heart of Buddhist philosophy is the notion of compassion for others. It should be noted that the compassion encouraged by Mahayana Buddhism is not the usual love one has for friends or family. The love being advocated here is the kind one can have even for another who has done one harm. Developing a kind heart does not always involve any of the sentimental religiosity normally associated with it. It is not just for people who believe in religions; it is for everyone who considers himself or herself to be a member of the human family, and thus sees things in accordingly large terms.
"The rationale for universal compassion is based on the same principle of spiritual democracy. It is the recognition of the fact that every living being has an equal right to and desire for happiness. The true acceptance of the principle of democracy requires that we think and act
in terms of the common good. Compassion and universal responsibility require a commitment to personal sacrifice and the neglect of egotistical desires.
"I believe our every-day experience confirms that a self-centred attitude towards problems can be destructive not only towards society, but to the individual as well. Selfishness does not solve problems for us, it multiplies them. Accepting responsibility and maintaining respect for other will leave all concerned at peace.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speech on compassion.
HHDL doesn't just think it quietly, oh no he speaks it too, and enacts it, passionately, humanly and powerfully.
In terms of the 'role' aspects I noted during the Dalai Lama's visit that there is an energetic difference in being the instrument (in a role) to thinking you are the role. I wrote while sharing my experiences about volunteering on his tour
Again I don't think this is something one can understand from outside of it. One can only know when they are being it and learn to feel the resonance of the truth or untruth of it.
My relationship with my children for instance, yes I say 'my children' as a biological pointer, but I never held in truth that their reason for being and experiencing had/has anything to do with me other than I had willingly shared my body with them in their pursuit of life in human form, and that we chose or were destined or by design or by accident (who knows?) to spend time in each other's experiences. I am blessed and grateful that we did and do, and can not for the life of me feel cheated by life, or ravaged beyond my capacity and willingness by or in sharing their experiences (although absolutely it felt / feels like it at times!!)
I do notice those who resist the realities of another tend to overstep out of their own awareness, capacity and willingness in a situation, and this can happen if one takes the 'roles' more seriously than the responsibilities that come with/by/through the role.
I saw/see my responsibility in being a parent as very different, my child/ren's relationship with me does not define me, and nor does their relationship with me define them. If we truly respect that we are all on different paths of experience, then judging the experience of another becomes mute.
To do this can create suffering by attachment to the role in which one is not the primary 'player'.
In the other topic I mentioned the why? why me? why this? as being equal to 'why not?' 'why not you?' 'why not this?'
I have noticed those who take their 'roles' seriously, more seriously than the natural responsibilities of them, tend to project these notions of suffering onto their children, partners, parents, others close in relationship pertaining to their roles.
There's something very personal and fragile about this perspective, when one takes offence on behalf of another one is creating an offence against them in a way, overstepping the line between them. It shows a limited awareness, capacity and willingness to let others experience life as they would or do, rather than how we would have them do.
The constant in compassion is love - be here in love, or go with love, act in love, or don't act in love, it matters not what is chosen in love, compassion will be right there with it.
Our rights start deep within our humanity; they end where another's begin~~ SmileyJen