This is week two in our discussion of compassion and wisdom with the world through focusing on the Four Immeasurables: Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. The Four Immeasurables come from the Buddhist practice and provide a meditative opportunity to reorient our state of being.

Immeasurable Compassion

Practicing immeasurable compassion involves letting go of our attachment, leading us to a pure compassion untainted by selfish concerns. Meditating on someone else’s predicament and generating a strong feeling of compassion can lead into visualizing that they find relief, comfort, joy and an uplifted spirit. When we continue to practice this we find ourselves desiring to alleviate the suffering of others. This exercise helps us to remain in a state of unrestricted and objectless compassion all the time.


Thomas Merton, Hidden Ground of Love