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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

January 5-6-7, 2024

The focus for today (and the weekend) is:

I free myself by widening my circle of compassion.

Today's inspiration was written by Lawrence Doochin:

The following quote is attibuted to Albert Einstein: "Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” 

Compassion is an offshoot of love. Just as gratitude is the opposite of resentment, bitterness, and fear, compassion and judgment are also opposites. Compassion expands our energy, whereas judgment contracts it. Compassion is gentle and forgiving. Judgment and fear are harsh and unforgiving. When we reside in compassion, we see errors, not sin.

When we are in a situation where someone is abusing power, we need to extricate ourselves if possible, but we also need to stay in compassion as we don't know what has led that person or group to this point. Staying in compassion is holding our power that no one can take from us.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Why Expand Your Circle of Compassion
     Written by Lawrence Doochin.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of widening your circle of compassion (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Judgment is easy to fall into. However, when we focus on keeping our heart and mind open, we choose compassion instead of judgment. It's an ongoing process and one that we need to recommit to each and every moment of each and every day. 

Our focus for today, and the weekend: I free myself by widening my circle of compassion..

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RELATED BOOK: A Book on Fear

A Book On Fear: Feeling Safe In A Challenging World
by Lawrence Doochin

A Book On Fear: Feeling Safe In A Challenging World by Lawrence DoochinEven if everyone around us is in fear, this doesn't have to be our personal experience. We are meant to live in joy, not in fear. By taking us on a treetop journey through quantum physics, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and more, A Book On Fear gives us tools and awareness to see where our fear comes from. When we see how our belief systems were created, how they limit us, and what we have become attached to that creates fear, we will come to know ourselves at a deeper level. Then we can make different choices to transform our fears. The end of each chapter includes a suggested simple exercise that can be done quickly but that will shift the reader into an immediate higher state of awareness about that chapter’s topic.

For more info and/or to order this book, click here.

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About the Author

Lawrence DoochinLawrence Doochin is an author, entrepreneur, and devoted husband and father. A survivor of harrowing childhood sexual abuse, he traveled a long journey of emotional and spiritual healing and developed an in-depth understanding of how our beliefs create our reality. In the business world, he has worked for, or been associated with, enterprises from small startups to multinational corporations. He is the cofounder of HUSO sound therapy, which delivers powerful healing benefits to individual and professionals worldwide. In everything Lawrence does, he strives to serve a higher good.

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