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What Is Compassion?

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November 8, 2020

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What Is Compassion?

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well, can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

– Pema Chodron –

What Is Compassion?

“Compassion literally means to suffer together. Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with anothers suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.” We are living in a time where a deep understanding of, and value for, compassion is more critical than ever. More from Dachner Keltner on the evolutionary roots of compassion here. { read more }

Be The Change

Experiment with trying to look for the basis of shared humanity in every single one of your interactions this week. Notice how this orientation affects you, and perhaps others.

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