Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Compassion ...

Compassion for Those Who Cause Suffering
Compassion has no hierarchy of worthy and unworthy suffering; it makes no distinctions between the deserving and the undeserving. Wherever there is suffering, there is a need for compassion. Finding compassion for those who cause pain is an ongoing practice requiring remarkable patience and perseverance. It is a difficult journey, but the path of bitterness and division is far more painful. The path of compassion begins with your willingness to soften and stay present in all the moments when you are prone to recoil and flinch. You learn to open your eyes and heart in all the places you have been blinded by fear or rage. You begin to dismantle the boundaries that have too long divided you from others.

–Excerpted from All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance, edited by Andrea Miller and the editors of the Shambhala Sun