For many of us its the most frustrating part of our day. Dealing with that idiot in the car in front of us, or that selfish jerk at the grocery store, or the myriad other ways the stupid people of this world seem to be hell bent on ruining our lives.
Of three main forms of suffering identified in Buddhism; greed, anger and ignorance, it is said ignorance is the worst of all. Why? Put simply, through ignorance don’t even realize we are suffering, therefore we can’t identify the causes of our suffering and thus we continue to perpetuate the cycle of suffering for ourselves and others..
So want can we do to help break this cycle of lunacy? The first step is compassion. Whether we want to admit it or not we’ve all been that idiot in the car, the selfish jerk at the grocery store and the other ignorant souls that drive us crazy. When you feel yourself getting worked up take a moment and remind yourself of a time you were like that. Remind yourself you are no better than them and they are no worse than you. Display your compassion through patience and understanding even if they are unlikely to realize or acknowledge it. Open your heart to them and send them on their way with a healing intention.
Through this practice you manifest something scarcely present in this world and sorely needed, compassion. You will find yourself feeling lighter and freer. Ignorance will disturb you less and rather than become angry your heart will swell with empathy.
Its not always an easy thing to do, but practicing compassion is the easiest and most impactful way you can change the world on a daily basis. Take the opportunities that arise today to begin your practice.