Compassion with family is more difficult. I am sure even some parents may not have the full courage and capacity for compassion towards their children.
Due to a longer history and prolonged exposure to one another in the family, we tend to have preconceived notions of the other party. It may or may not be true. But I would like to think that it is just a projection of my mind and a mixture of bitterness from some childhood experiences. It is much easier to stomach.
That aside, I am also aware that as long we change our mindset and apply living compassion in everything, we will live ‘pain free’. Losing the part of me to which holds dear to what should be is not easy especially when the things or people who frustrate or hurt you the most are constantly at your side. This must be guru’s blessings to practice in a ‘controlled’ and comfortable environment.