Show you care, because in times of trouble we all need to give, or receive, expressions of heartfelt caring.
Being the recipient of compassionate, thoughtful attention during a dire situation, can lessen grief, make distress seem lighter, and bring healing relief. To someone suffering loss or hurt, kind and generous caring is truly beneficial and much needed in times of crisis.
SHOW YOU CARE
During the Australian bush fires, it’s been heartening to read supportive Facebook messages, and receive emails of encouragement from caring people around the world. To know that others are thinking about us, and are being attentive to the drought, excessive heat and fires in this country, helps ease distress, bolsters courage and inspires hope for recovery.
Heartfelt caring is a deeply spiritual quality, that’s triggered by an innate desire to help soothe hurt and bring peace. This yearning to be helpful comes from a divine Love. This gentle Mother-love, comforts those who’ve lost everything and strengthens those of us distressed by heartbreaking scenes from the bush fires.
TIPS TO SHOW YOU CARE
– Allow your caring to bubble within and rise to the surface. Reach out to someone whose life seems too hard to bear. Extend a helping hand, share a hug, offer a message of hope and reassurance, or undertake any other supportive action that’s appropriate.
– Send out your caring thoughts. Think of each spiritually caring thought or prayer for the welfare of others, as being like a pebble dropped into a pond. A pebble, even a tiny one, doesn’t just sink out of sight and have no effect. It sends out ripples. In the same way, each compassionate thought-prayer you have, can send out ripples of comfort to others, and prompt caring action.
– Be inspired to show you care. Let the recent examples of generous caring for our residents and wildlife from kind-hearted individuals, move you to action. Do all you can to console others through the divine Love – “who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received”. Bible. II Corinthians 1:4
– Don’t hold back. Show you care. When tragedy strikes, do whatever you can to lessen sorrow. Support your family, friends and neighbours with your tender-hearted caring. Let others know you’re thinking of them – even praying for their safety and recovery. No matter how small or simple you think your caring thoughts, words, or actions are, be assured that when they come from your heart, they will be a blessing. In this way, “all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.” Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellany p.210.
– Beverly Goldsmith writes on the connection between spirituality and health and is an experienced Christian Science practitioner and teacher.