One way that we can practice compassion is to remind ourselves that our perception of the world or of a particular person is just that -- our perspective. Reality is completely subjective. Even science has it's limitations for we can only see things through our own eyes.
When we practice to see things through another person's perspective, we gain empathy for them. When we realize that how we see the world may not be exactly how the world is, we create an opportunity for change and for betterment.
For this Enrichment Project, take an ordinary piece of paper and poke a hole in it with the tip of a pen or a toothpick. Let your child draw or color around the hole -- have fun with this and give them some ideas such as a target, and eyeball, or a telescope.
Then, have your child hold the paper up to their eye and ask them to tell you what they see. Can they see the entire room? Can they see you? Have them move to a new place in the room and ask them how their perception of the room has changed. Can we know the whole room from a single position? Or is our perspective limited and dependant on other factors?
Of course, as grown-ups we know that you can't see the whole room through a pin-hole. The world is this way too. Our single perspective is always limited. All we can do is practice to keep our eyes open and continually shift our position so that we might better understand the world around us.