Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
For me, compassion usually means being able to see myself in others, my weakness or fear, my humanity.
~adrienne maree brown
The purpose of the journey is compassion. When you have come past all the pairs of opposites you have reached compassion.
“Enough” by Danna Faulds
Full poem at: http://shreeyogathemes.blogspot.com/2015/03/enough-is-enough.html
It’s enough to be
and breathe, to feel the
touch of wind on the skin.
It’s enough to take the
day as it comes…
It’s enough to
be buffeted by the winds
of change and not blown
over. I and you and all
of us, more than enough.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
~George Washington Carver
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another and all involved in one another.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2020 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Compassion’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)