We are more powerful than we think. Regardless of who we are or what we do, we have the power to make other people’s lives (and the world) better by choosing compassion.
Compassion in action can be as simple as checking in on a friend or ordering extra groceries for a less-able neighbour. We can express compassion through our words, attitude, work and volunteering.
The only requirement is that we be alert and willing to act. When we’re wrapped up in ourselves, it is hard to have compassion. We have to be attentive to those around us.
One amazing example of compassion in action right here in London is the Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team, aka Nishkam SWAT.
They say, “We have a vision where every person we meet knows they are loved and valued, lives safely, with respect, faith, hope and care for themselves and others, achieving their full potential and positively contributing to and transforming their communities”.
We work on the ethos of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of the Sikhs:
- Naam Japna, remembering God.
- Kirat Karni, earning an honest living.
- Vand Kay Shako; selflessly serving others, sharing income and resources
The SWAT team has been running a homeless outreach in central London for more than 10 years. Starting with one location where they provided meals, the outreach has expanded exponentially — reaching as far as Argentina!
They provide meals, support and assistance to people experiencing homelessness in 21 locations, 28 times a week. Amazing!
The SWAT team saw a need in the community, acted upon it, and have touched thousands of lives over the years. I can’t think of a better example of compassion in action.
Take a few minutes today to think about how and where you can practice compassion in action. You may be surprised at the opportunities and the positive impact you can have.
Share your ideas for ‘compassion in action’ in the comments!