"Were I to be the founder of a new sect, I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee, advise them to extract the honey of every sect."
- Thomas Jefferson
Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge, like dancing. You must do it and practice diligently day by day.
It's hard to practice compassion when we're struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
What we really need is compassion of the mind - compassion for others that is directed intelligently and produces truly compassionate results.
"We can travel a long way in life and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences.
it is born from letting go of what is unnecessary,
and knowing ourselves to be always at home."
~Sharon Salzberg (b.1952)
Developing our sympathetic compassion is not only possible but the only reason for us to be here on earth.
Don't be yourself. Be someone a little nicer.
- Mignon McLaughlin
Your heart knows the way.
Run in that direction.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
"What is Hope? Hope is that inner dynamic that compels us to explore and pursue the expectations built into the human condition. Hope was born the day the first human beings discovered the first bridge and decided not to jump off the bridge in despair, but to cross it."
~Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)