Today an insight concerning 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 Chödrön
There is a genuine heart-felt quality to compassion, a warm openness without limit or judgement. Compassion flows spontaneously from empathy. When we are able to identify the pain of others in ourselves, to feel/know what they are feeling, compassion arises naturally on its own.
When we are able to accept the darkness in ourselves, we can better understand our actions and the actions of others. We can see ourselves in them. And, realize that just like us, they are learning to live.
A simple meditation practice to open the heart:
Wishing you a day full of open delight.
Fly on, Superhero!