I’ve been so impressed with Pema Chodron and her take on compassion because she continually points to where the root of compassion lies: in befriending oneself and treating oneself with kindness. From this center point all true compassion arises. And yet we are often instructed to develop empathy for others, without first realizing that true empathy for others always arises from the center of our true kindness towards ourselves. How we treat ourselves internally, how we bear with the moods/feelings/sensations that arise, how we refuse to abandon our experience by either hardening, disassociating, or numbing ourselves are the keys to the development of empathy for others. Image

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