The choice isn’t between progress and compassion, but simply between caring and not caring.
If we truly desire to quell the terror of the world, we must first have the courage to meet our own fear with love and compassion.
Most of the sensations we hold dear require that we first imagine them. We need imagination to see beyond our challenges and envision something more.
The thought of strength through weakness is, like all great spiritual truths, a paradox — two of life’s extremes fused together…
Compassion is, at once, the goal, the lesson, and the tool rolled into one “I love you” for ourselves … and for others.
This is a beautiful story from Sharon Salzberg about the power of opening our hearts and being authentic in the course of conducting our work.