I listened to a conversation between Jerry Colonna and Joan Halifax about compassion.
Here are a few thoughts about it.
It’s a practice. You can’t say “I am compassionate.”
That exposes you as a fraud, instantly. Compassion is work, if not the work.
Compassion can also be fierce. It does not sit well with pathological altruism.
You need to practice grace to surface compassion:
Attunement to self and other.
Considering – opening to insight and discerning
Engaging – ethically, enacting and then ending.
Ordinary, simple things that foster compassion through practice. Thanks for bringing that into the light, Joan.
How do you think about compassion?