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:

Gathering attention.

Recalling intention.

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?

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