So what is a compassionate thought? One that you can easily repeat might be, “How can I help (and who can I help) for Christmas? This is a question that focuses your mind on the fact that you already have something to give. You don’t need to go out and get it. You already have your willingness to help another in whatever way you discover available to you in this moment. To borrow part of another Buddhist mantra, you are already filled with loving kindness. Asking yourself how this loving kindness can be expressed in action provides your creative mind with a goal. Soon you will notice some way that this can be accomplished. You will realize some small act of compassion that can help. Small is good. A whole string of small goals and acts can add up to something pretty big.
How can I help for Christmas? Try repeating it 100 times, 1,000 times, 10,000 times, and see what happens. And after Christmas, just substitute the word today for Christmas.