Compassion is the combination of —
love, caring, empathy,
and a will-to-help.

You unconditionally love people
with a feeling and realization
of being related in the oneness of Being
or in a shared heart.

You care about people – their feelings and their well being.

You share empathy with others, opening your feelings
to what they feel, (though without being self-identified in it).

You seek to understand the feelings and situations of others.

You have a passion and a will-to-help others.

You feel for those who are suffering or in need,
and you want to help them.

You feel compassion for others, even if you might disagree
with their beliefs or actions.

You love unconditionally.
You let go of judgments and you easily forgive.

Compassion is probably derived from com (shared)
and passion (a feeling and will)

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Gratitude is feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation for what life gives you, or for what others give you.

One can also feel grateful for just being.

{Sufi saying} Be grateful for the gift of life, and love will shine through you like the sun.

Real gratefulness is sincere gratefulness, which comes spontaneously from our heart, in response to God and to Life.

But gratefulness has to be real and sincere. Gratefulness cannot just be conjured up because one should. Real gratefulness comes sincerely from our heart. And if you cannot feel grateful, then so be it. One is committed to being sincere and honest, rather than committed to a should be.

So instead of trying to be grateful, or working at being grateful, or demanding oneself to be grateful; simply be more conscious and recognizing of what there is to be grateful for. The practice is not to feel that you have to always be grateful, or that you should convince yourself to always be grateful. Instead, look around and consider what you are honestly grateful for. The practice is to wake up, be conscious and realize the things and people you are naturally grateful for.

Gratefulness is our emotional response in recognizing valued or enjoyable experiences. It’s the perception and awareness, which then evokes an emotional response of gratefulness.

First there has to be a recognition of what is valued or enjoyed. Look around. Look at life. What has value, what’s good, what’s enjoyable? Examples might be beauty, love, intelligent solutions, and enjoyable experiences. Then, once there is a recognition, gratefulness naturally follows; though one still has to be open to this feeling.

So the first step towards gratefulness is to be more aware, while also being honestly open to feeling a natural response of gratefulness. This is the path to sincere gratefulness.

Ask – What am I grateful for?

What are the things and experiences for which I can feel grateful. Realistically and sincerely look at things, people, and experiences for which you can feel honestly grateful. Real gratefulness will then emerge naturally from your being.

Also, when we have a conscious relationship with God, gratefulness is our natural response.

Gratitude is how we assimilate Love. When we feel and know God’s Love, we naturally feel grateful. When we realize the loving, caring, and healing qualities of God, we are naturally grateful.

Gratefulness is also how we assimilate healing. Healing requires a flow of light and love energy, which comes originally from God the Source, and yet the flow requires a completed circuit that returns the Love energy back to God.

Gratitude is how we return love back to God, in the same way that we return our love back {with gratefulness} to someone who gives us love or a gift of love. Thus, gratitude is the return of our love back to God, which completes the circuit flow of Love energy, which then manifests as healing.


A playful person is freely exploratory, rather than bound by fixed rules
or ideas about what is right.

In Playfulness, you become free of routine patterns
and are willing to explore new things and new ways.

In playfulness, you explore for the sheer delight of the experience,
or you do something for the sheer delight of doing it.

In playfulness, you find delight in the present moment,
and there is no hurry.

In playfulness, you are relaxed, spontaneous, and allow the situation
to unfold freely.

In playfulness, life is discovery, and learning is naturally fun.

In playfulness, nothing is hard serious work, yet things get done.

Playfulness increases enjoyment and joy, lightness and fun.

Playfulness reduces stress and the tensions of seriousness.

Playfulness often engages people and makes them more connected.

Playfulness nourishes creativity, new ideas and new discoveries.

In playfulness, new connections are formed in the brain
and we become smarter.

In playfulness, rules, fixed ideas, and previous behaviors
are open to change.

Playful people are adaptive to new situations and make do
with whatever is at hand.

Playful people alternate between –
the reality (of what is) and the imagination (of can be).


Enthusiasm is having an intense interest or positive anticipation about something, or an idea, or a plan.

Enthusiasm is an excitement and joyfulness about something planned, or about something one is presently doing.

Enthusiasm is a positive-optimistic excitement and openness about what is presently going on, or what is expected in the near future.

Enthusiasm is about what one loves and enjoys, or what excites one’s interest, or it can be about something important that is achievable.

Enthusiasm is a fire that kindles our effort towards an achievement or a creative pursuit.

Enthusiasm motivates our own action and commitment, and can also help motivate others.

Enthusiasm radiates joy, interest, and positiveness; which resonates to others.

You have a positive attitude and optimistic hope.

You feel motivated by a positive expectation or faith.

You are cheerful and full of spirit.

You enjoy what you are doing.

You are wholehearted and committed in what you do.



Service is giving to others, or to a larger purpose, or to life.

You serve with a giving attitude, without selfishness and self-interest.

You do what is needed with commitment, love, and excellence.

You serve those in need and also help those who are serving.

This virtue is not simply to serve the wishes and desires of others.
If you love and care for someone, then you serve their real needs.

The highest meaning of service is to serve a greater purpose. Consequentially then, one is serving what is most important.

The attitude & virtue of service is motivated by love, caring, and goodwill.

You have an unselfish desire to help others,
or to help in a larger purpose.

You work cooperatively together with others
— in service to a greater purpose.

Ask inside — May I be of service?
{to a greater purpose, to the world, or to the real needs of others}

Service brings more love into the world.

Striving (or Effort)

Striving is a quality of our will — when we make intentional efforts
towards a Goal, a Vision, or an improvement.

Striving is making a real effort of doing; it’s not merely thinking about doing something, nor is it just a wish or a hope.

The meaning of striving combines both a start-up effort
and a continuing-persevering effort.

We can make efforts towards improving our self, our relationships,
our life, and our world.


Self-striving is making efforts at being our best and doing our best.
— making self-efforts at being better, doing better, self-improving & self-evolving.

What self-qualities are we striving to improve or develop better?

We strive to improve as a person, in how we are and in what we do.

  • We strive towards excellence (though what do we believe is excellence?)
  • We strive to be a good person (though what do we believe is good?)

Thus, the Goal to which we strive is co-important with the striving.


Is striving for self-improvement important?
It is not healthy (nor necessary) to always be self-critical or to beat oneself up about self-improving. Yet, if we don’t make any efforts towards self-improvement and spiritual-evolution, then it probably won’t happen, because our personal patterns will repetitively continue
– unless we make some real efforts to steer our course differently.

One could also ask if self-efforts are needed to improve the world.
Are the problems of our world going to fix themselves?



Our Virtue of the month for August is Appreciation

Here are some questions to think about:
—   how is appreciation expressed?
—   what are some attributes of appreciation?
—   what is special about appreciation?
—   how can I be & express appreciation?

Appreciation is recognizing the goodness of someone, something,
or an action.

You recognize beauty, excellence, and value.

You see the goodness of what is given in life or in what you experience.

You appreciate the beauty in nature.

You express appreciation with gratitude.

Flexibility & Adaptability

Two virtues, but both are very related

Flexibility is being open to change or to new ways.
You keep evolving.

You can adapt to different kinds of people and circumstances.

You can suddenly change your plans, if needed.
You can creatively adapt.

You don’t always have to do the same things.
You can be creatively different.

You are open to new surprises and new adventures.

You can harmonize with the needs of a larger social group,
or with nature.

You consider the ideas and wishes of others,
without rigidly insisting on your own way.

You are easy-going and accepting, rather than rigid,
fixated, or stubborn about how things unfold.

You can go with the flow.


Joy is an uplifted feeling of love, happiness, and gratitude.

Joy comes from within; it springs up from our spirit.

Your heart feels light and unburdened. Joy gives us wings.

You enjoy nature, you enjoy people, you enjoy life.


Suggestions for Joy

– Look within for Joy and Inner Peace

– Enjoy whatever you are doing

– Find creative ways to enjoy

– Be open-minded, more accepting, and less judgmental

– Have a sense of humor about things


Here is a helpful book for developing Joy – Joy & Healing


Love is a feeling of affection and caring
for a person, or a place, or an idea, or for life itself.

Love is a heart-felt warmth and appreciation.

You feel connected and close with another,
or with your family or group.

You express caring and kindness.

You can show love in many ways – in a smile or a hug,
in kind words or actions, or just by listening.

Love manifests in many forms.

Active love is a desire and effort to be giving,
yet love can also be received.

Love can range from self-love to group-love,
or to an inclusive-love for all of Earth and humanity.

Love is inclusive. Love embraces and includes.

Love brings together. Love unifies. Love dissolves separation.

Love accepts differences and diversity. Love accepts and forgives.

Love always sees hope. Love is always positive.

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