Reading from The Good Karma Divorce, April 15, 2019
Former Judge Michele Lowrance, now author of The Good Karma Divorce, combines her legal background in family law with her Buddhist beliefs to show anyone going through divorce the power of empathy and compassion. Her book takes you through the process of turning negative emotions into positive actions so that you can live the rest of your life without anger for your ex-spouse When you can empathize with your spouse in the midst of their difficult behavior during the divorce, and feel compassion for them, you have risen to another level of enlightenment.
The natural disposition of most healthy people is to be kind to others. Try to understand their fears that may be driving negative, destructive behavior toward themselves and towards you. When people come from a place of joy and happiness, they don’t hurt others. When people are consumed with fear or have grown up in a family that doesn’t nurture kindness, compassion, and understanding, they can’t give it to you. This is where empathy and compassion come into play.
Empathy and compassion will set you free. like forgiveness, it’s for your benefit, the provider of empathy and compassion, to cleanse you of anger, hatred, and any emotion that does not give you peace and calm.
Divorce is an opportunity to redirect your life. It’s one of the biggest changes in our lives, and so very difficult to manage. But once we embrace divorce as a learning lesson, as a new beginning, as a fresh lease on life, we can feel empowered. When we feel empowered, we are strong, we are confident, and we can be emotionally benevolent with our spouse. Empathy and compassion are the secret powers available to you whenever you want to employ them.