It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it. —Gregory Boyle
There is greater compassion in honestly witnessing the burdens those around us carry than there could ever be in judging them for how they carry those burdens.
(This applies to how we look at ourselves and our own burdens as well.)
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“None of us is ever OK, but we all get through everything just fine.” ~Pema Chödrön
We all carry hurts and fears and insecurities around with us. Remembering that this is something we all share can help us be more compassionate and patient with ourselves and with others. It really is OK not to be completely OK.
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“All I know is that my life is better when I assume people are doing their best.” ~Brené Brown
It’s so easy to assume the worst of others, and the self-righteous anger in that moment can be an addicting high. But life is so much better when we assume that others are doing their best and move toward compassion instead when we see that they don’t have the resources to do better.
“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” ~The 14th Dalai Lama
How far does your compassion extend? To yourself? Your loved ones? Other like you? Strangers? Animals? The earth?
How radical are you?
“The point is that our true nature is not some ideal that we have to live up to. It’s who we are right now, and that’s what we can make friends with and celebrate.” ~Pema Chödrön, from Awakening Loving-Kindness
Learning self-compassion is not about trying to make ourselves into something “better.” It’s about learning to love and appreciate who we are right now.