Compassion is tricky. It asks us to be vulnerable and courageous enough to keep our hearts open even in the face of great pain. It asks us to stay present with anguish so we don't shutdown to love, kindness or compassion itself. It asks us to be braver than we've ever had to be and move towards, and into the pain with eyes and heart wide open. We are asked to sit in the centre of it and not retreat. It's a training of sorts. And when we train this way like warriors, compassion then asks us to sit with someone else in their pain. It doesn't ask us to change them, or fix them. Just to sit with them. With our heart open to whatever arises for them. Compassion is not for the faint of heart. May you be brave enough to let your guard down so your heart has room to breathe. And may you be vulnerable enough to share this strength with others. - Lesley Lawrence
"There is no such thing as a simple act of compassion or an inconsequential act of service. Everything we do for another person has infinite consequences." - Caroline Myss
"The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes." - Pema Chodron
"May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they (and we) might be returned to their (our) right minds." - Marrianne Williamson
“Compassion is a verb.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
“In seperateness lies the world's great misery, in compassion lies the world's true strength.” - Buddha
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