“We can also recognize that everyone has a life story that runs just as deep as ours does. It’s easy to go through life as if we are the stars of our own private movies – like everything that happens is really about us. However, the truth is that everyone has a life full of … Continue reading Russell Kolts: Anger, Compassion and What It Means To Be Strong
“And that gives you so much compassion, so it takes away the hurt which you feel and you notice the hurt that they feel, why they are so difficult to you. So it’s actually empathysing with the other person, taking the pain away from yourself, ‘why do I have to deal with that person’ and … Continue reading Ajahn Brahm: Why Practice Self Compassion?
In this dialogue CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, asks Eckhart Tolle about his life’s work and what role compassion may have played. “Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. But there are two sides to compassion, two sides to this bond. On the one hand, since you … Continue reading Eckhart Tolle: Conversations on Compassion
“You know, if compassion is so good for us, I have a question. Why don’t we train our children in compassion? If compassion is so good for us, why don’t we train our health care providers in compassion so that they can do what they’re supposed to do, which is to really transform suffering? And … Continue reading Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy
“Although self-compassion may seem similar to self-esteem, they are different in many ways. Self-esteem refers to our sense of self-worth, perceived value, or how much we like ourselves. While there is little doubt that low self-esteem is problematic and often leads to depression and lack of motivation, trying to have higher self-esteem can also be … Continue reading Kristin Neff: The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion
“I believe that at every level of society – familial, national and international – the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in a particular ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to … Continue reading Dalai Lama: Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society
“Metta meditation is a practice of cultivating understanding, love, and compassion by looking deeply, first for ourselves and then for others. Once we love and take care of ourselves, we can be much more helpful to others. Metta meditation can be practiced in part or in full. Just saying one line of the metta meditation … Continue reading Thich Nhat Hanh: Conversations on Compassion
“It is definitely not an incremental increase of passion. It is not like today you are passionate with one person, tomorrow with two, day after tomorrow with ten to twenty-five … No. When you are in a psychological state, your thoughts and emotions are more important than your existential experience, you will know only passion … Continue reading Sadhguru: Conversations on Compassion