If your compassion doesn’t include yourself,
it is incomplete.
What about you? Can you be sensitive, caring, and extend kindnesses to others while ignoring yourself completely? Are you able to look with understanding on the “failings” and sad situations of others in their struggles, yet hold back the same level of compassion for yourself? It seems that some of us “buy into” the notion that expressing compassion for our selves is egotistical and inappropriate. How dare we make the same allowances for ourselves as we might convey to others in pain!
Compassion must begin at home, in ourselves. If we do not consider ourselves worthy and deserving of this self-care, then how can we legitimately pass it on to others? Compassion must grow from a sense of self-love and from our own open hearts.
LESSON FORTY TWO
Compassion! I have written on many subjects that relate…
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