Compassion is both one of the most powerful and mysterious emotions of an individual. It is an emotion bursting with contradictions -- of crying and laughing, hurting and healing, receiving and giving.  
  The etymology (origin) of the word compassion  
  The word compassion comes from the Latin stem compati meaning “suffer with, feel pity”. In English the three main definitions of compassion are:  
  •Grief  
  •Suffering together with another; fellow feeling sympathy  
  •Pity that inclines one to spare or to succor (heal).  
  Qualities of compassion  
  By definition from the original Latin stem, we see in the word compassion the ability for a person to feel what the other person is feeling ( sometimes considered empathy or even sympathy). Yet more so, we see in the word compassion the ability for a person to fully feel the emotional grief and suffering of another with them in the present moment.  
  This is a key and vital definition of compassion that distinguishes it from many other words. The second definition "suffering together" implies a physical facing and sharing of suffering; not remote control empathy via letters, faxes, phones or television. It is the physical synchronization of two people (or more) in the presence of one another in the present moment.  
  Compassion therefore is a quality that brings people together. It is in effect “divine respect”. There is no greater emotion than to feel and absorb the pain of someone else to help ease their burden. Like those famous images of heroes that helped others ease the pain of the journey or the load, compassion is helping other humans in the present moment, ease the pain they experience.  
  When the compassionate person has such understand and can give themselves completely to the sorrowful person, the healing capacity can be profound. Profound enough to often see immediate recovery, sometimes called “miraculous” recovery.  
  The second key aspect of compassion is that it is a scaleable and functional value. When a person may not necessarily be suffering, compassion still allows us by the second definition to feel “sympathetic” to their feelings. Thus compassion at all times enables us to see not only the other persons point of view, but the other persons emotional point of view.  
  Compassion is the emotional healing skill, the “magic” of the mystics who throughout the ages have shown time and time again, that by being in sync with the person who is suffering, by understanding and unlocking in the suffering persons mind the root of the suffering and by sharing the burden of guilt, pain or sorrow with them, the compassionate person can absorb their hurt and help them to heal. The result is that this greatly boosts the sorrowful persons chance of recovery.  
  Compassion as one of the six (6) key present moment emotions  
  Respect is special as one of six (6) key emotions called the VIRS that may all be experienced simultaneously in the present moment of time. The others are (in order) respect, honesty, consistency, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness.  
  Unlike most negative emotions that rely upon a person shifting their focus primarily to the past, or the future, compassion is firmly a "present moment" emotion.  
  Finding answers  
  You might be interested in finding more answers in relation to this emotion. If this is the case then the Journey of UCA might be of interest.  
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