Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty. – Albert Einstein
Discovering true happiness and freedom depends entirely on developing an all-encompassing compassion.
Genuine compassion is said to encompass four qualities:
- Love (sometimes called “loving kindness”)
When these qualities are developed to their fullest, they are known as the Four Immeasurables or Four Boundless Attitudes, meaning that we extend them to all without bias.
As you cultivate these qualities and make them more immeasurable, negative emotions like anger, attachment, jealousy, and partiality will gradually diminish. In their place, you will uncover your kind heart and a more enduring sense of happiness. At the same time, your relationships with others will come to be characterized by greater warmth, friendliness, and clarity. Sounds good, don’t you think?