- "We all know from our own lives that if we have had a bad experience,
it is much easier to empathize with another person who is undergoing
something similar. That's why see people who have suffered from
cancer or some other disease set up foundations to research cures for
such illnesses or people whose child has been abducted establish
organizations to help others whose children have been lost.
"Therefore, if we are to develop compassion the wish that others be
free from suffering we must first understand the depth and breadth
of our own suffering."
~ Dr. Nick Ribush, "The Path with a Heart"
May this be of benefit.
- "The Dalai Lama was once asked
"who is your role model?"
He replied immediately,
"The Weeper. The Weeper is a man in Tibet who is so moved by even the
smallest or slightest suffering, that he weeps whenever he sees
Shedding tears of compassion is one of the dimensions of being human.
Our feelings are not just about our "personal stuff".
They're part of the gift of our emotional intelligence,
part of the gift of our larger selves.
This is not to say we should indulge or wallow in our pain for the
Nor is it good to wallow in too many TV/media images of suffering.
Stay fairly well-informed,
but stay open to the immediacy of life around you,
and allow compassion to arise from that."