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Regardless of our political inclinations or leanings, we are all subject to the political fracas that erupts years before Presidential elections, and that is almost ongoing in the general and special elections within the local political arena. Do you ever get the impression that many of these politicians, regardless of their party, don’t have any idea of how badly we all want things to change for the benefit of everyone?
Think of this for a moment: all of us, regardless of our nationality, religion, race, gender, want to be happy and want to be free from suffering.
One definition of compassion that I like comes from a book called, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche. The notion that everyone wants to be happy and free from suffering is the basis upon which we generate a compassionate meditation or a compassionate mind towards others. The ideas presented in this post may not appeal to everyone, nor may they seem easy to digest. Maybe if we focused on our commonness more than our differences, we’d find ways to take the politics out of government, and simply be able to do what benefits all of humankind. Also, don’t forget to download the free ebook, Can Meditation Change the Way that You View Your World?, for help with getting started in you meditation practice. NEW – check out the media drop-down menu in the navigation bar at the top of this page, where you can links to articles, MP3 tracks for downloading, and videos on the subject of meditation. Jerome Stone is a Registered Nurse and the author of the book Minding The Bedside: Nursing from the Heart of the Awakened Mind.


This article truly speaks to a higher mind and requires one to practice equanimity, which is no easy task.
Download TWO FREE CHAPTERS of Minding the Bedside: Nursing from the Heart of the Awakened Mind and a FREE E-Book! For instance, I don’t think that any of us want Medicare to disappear, leaving the elderly in dire straits. Even science has jumped into studying how compassionate meditation affects the brain and how practicing compassion can alter the connections (synapses) within the brain.
There isn’t one person, libertarian or republican, tea-party or democrat, who isn’t deserving of compassion.
Also, you can now download the new ebook, How to Work with the Four Distractions to Meditation. He also has over thirty years in a variety of health-care settings and is a long-time practitioner in meditation, with an emphasis in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism and Christian and Kabbalistic Contemplation. Whether you want to relax, stimulate creativity, gain enlightenment, or cultivate compassion and mindfulness, we help you learn how to let go. None of us wishes to be unhappy, and we all want to be happy…even if we’re willing to make others suffer for our happiness! Many people believe that the Democrats represent the compassionate approach, focusing on providing financial and social welfare for those in need. What this constant focus on the outer circumstances brings us is less than true happiness, because true happiness resides within ourselves, not “out there” in our bank accounts, homes, businesses, spouses…whatever.
Rarely do I perceive that those in politics are truly altruistic, without their own motives and agenda.


As a registered nurse, I’ve taken care of the wealthy and the downtrodden, the caring and the careless, the well off and the homeless, the democrat and the republican. Whereas, others believe that the compassionate conservatism of the Republican party, aimed at others to help themselves and to become less dependent upon a huge centralized government, is the way to go. True happiness is based on our being able to rest our mind in what is, and to be at peace with what we have.
And in all that time, there’s never been a single person whom I didn’t wish to help to feel better and to be free of physical or mental suffering. By voting a particular way, don’t I somehow believe that a particular politician has my best interest in mind? Well, I may say, “yes, but my best interest is to see the poor taken care of,” or, “my best interest is to see that government doesn’t infringe on the rights of those who pay taxes,” etc… Still, how is that still my own view? And, as always, please feel free to contact me if you’d like to see additional content or other discussions on this site.For more information on how to meditate, exercises in working with the breath, and other nifty stuff, please see the Related Posts below.
If it irks me that there are those who are hungry in this country, or that big government has too much control over my life, aren’t these views fueled by a desire not to feel bad within myself?



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