What do you think about when someone says to practice compassion?
Do you think about helping someone. Lending a hand. Tending to the suffering, feeding the hungry. Do you think about a mother caring for her child. A father picking up their child from an accident.
We tend to think of the practice of compassion as an act.
But what if the practice of compassion was to be open, available and responsive? What if the act of compassion was to remain open, available and responsive?
The practice isn't about doing, it is about being.
Being open, available and responsive- you could help someone, lend a hand, tend to their suffering, feed them when they are hungry.
You could also simply maintain that space for them. Be there, with them, not doing anything. And not needing to.