More on Compassion

I received these wonderful quotes today in The Inner Journey Newsletter on compassion, a subject I began this month with...

"What I want in my life is compassion,
a flow between myself and others
based on a mutual giving from the heart."
- Marshall B. Rosenberg

"The whole idea of compassion
is based on a keen awareness
of the interdependence of all living beings,
which are all part of one another,
and all involved in one another."
- Thomas Merton

"When we experience the pain of another person,
we instinctively want to take away that pain.
But by taking away the other person's pain,
we also take away his or her opportunity to grow.
To be truly compassionate,
we must be able to share
another person's suffering and pain -
knowing there is nothing we can do to relieve it
and that we are not responsible for it,
and yet knowing and understanding
what that pain feels like."
- John Gray


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