According to researchers, educators, and scientist, compassion is the impulse to
be a part of another’s healing. It is not the noticing, nor the act, but the desire to act upon that recognition.
I bring this to you because I think it’s quite a significant difference and when you really understand the power of healing and where it comes from, we can be such better Ambassadors of compassion.
Compassion also does not ask us to actually take the action, because that’s not always the most appropriate thing to do, nor is it compassion-sufficient to just hold another’s suffering as it if it were ours. But tapping into that “want” and then applying discernment if our “want” is afflictive or beneficial is a where we can be in compassionate integrity.
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Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. – Thomas Merton –
Compassion doesn’t mean feeling sorry for people. It doesn’t mean pity. It means putting yourself in the position of the other, learning about the other. Learning what’s motivating the other, learning about their grievances. – Karen Armstrong
Compassion is not something you have, like a virtue or cultivated quality. It is rather an expression of your larger being and can be understood as integral to your belonging or interbeing in the sacred living body of Earth. – Joanna Macy
Compassion calls forth our best human capacities—attentional balance and caring, unselfish intention and insight, and ethical action—in a way that no other response does. – Roshi Joan Halifax
According to neuroscientist Tania Singer and her colleagues, compassion is defined as “the emotion one experiences when feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that person’s welfare