Full Interview: Lakiba Pittman And The Art Of Compassion

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”―Dalai Lama

I often ask myself why we are here; practising spirituality, learning about things that aren’t so easily explainable and it often confuses me. If we are spiritual beings, maybe we are here to experience something else. In my way of seeing, as spirit beings we might be here to learn about something else. Perhaps we are here to learn how to be human. And to understand what being human is.  I truly believe this gets distorted and even the term humanity can be misunderstood. 

hu·man:
of, relating to, or characteristic of people or human beings.

hu·mane:
having or showing compassion or benevolence.

To learn how to be human might be related to how we connect and  learn what our true nature is while being physically contained in a body, whilst being so emotional and, at times, so fragile. But who can teach humanity that our natural state is actually harmony? How can we be guided into such a state of equilibrium, of love and compassion?  For sure, Lakiba Pitman is doing her job when it comes to this.

Lakiba Pittman is one of those super humans, teaching others how to be their best self.  She is a multi-talented artist, writer, poet and teacher. Her gifts are many, but whilst interviewing her what really came to mind (and heart) was how her dedication to helping others discover the compassionate side of themselves can really inspire and make positive changes in our society.

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Lakiba Pittman

Sometimes we truly forget what makes us so similar. Whilst interviewing Lakiba, talking about her journey and line of work, we also talked about how simple and easy it is to touch someone’s heart.  Because it doesn’t take much,  we are truly connected, deep down we care so much for each other that we have been told to hide it, put the mask on, pretend we are cold hearted. Because our vulnerability and fragility, the very things that make us so precious and alive, are not valued in our society.

In her interview, you can watch how simple gestures can change someone’s life, how cultivating compassion and coming from a place of love and understanding can truly make us feel alive and more humane.

Here is the interview for you to watch:

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqtf2wk_fiY

Acting from compassion is easier said than done, or at least this is an excuse some like to use. The truth is we are compassionate by nature. Unnaturally, we are raised in a society that makes us forget that, unnatural because we know in our hearts what makes us feel good and what makes us fulfilled, and acting with kindness and compassion never made anyone say ” Oh dear, I think I was too kind!”. Being giving and caring is our true nature, not the opposite. When we are angry, unkind and disrespectful towards others it hurts us, we punish ourselves for our behaviour, and we pay the price with suffering and heartache.

Once we understand, and start practising and living in a more compassionate way, our lives become so much easier. It starts making sense because we start living in the way we are meant to. Connected through our humanity.

Lakiba has also written an amazing book to help remind us of our true essence. In this video, you can learn more about the book and her inspiration for it.

Here is a link to Lakiba’s book, Bread Crumbs From The Soul– Finding your way back home  ,feature underneath you can …

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Bread Crumbs From the Soul

To get in touch with Lakiba and enroll to one of her amazing courses please  email her on lakiba@sbcglobal.net . There are 2 coming up on January and February 2016. We will be sharing details and dates soon. Please note Lakiba Pittman is fully certified as a Compassion Training (CCT) Instructor by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Reasearch and Education , Stanford University.

The world we live in will not change itself, to live in a world more harmonic more loving the first step comes from ourselves . Start the change within choosing love and compassion as a way of being.

Thanks for Reading,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos

 

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