Day 297 – Jacques Cartier BridgeOctober 21, 2012
“Compassion is threatening to the ego. We might think of it as something warm and soothing, but actually it’s very raw. When we set out to support other beings, when we go so far as to stand in their shoes, when we aspire to never close down to anyone, we quickly find ourselves in the uncomfortable territory of “life not on my terms.”
This degree of openness arises from the trust that we all have basic goodness and that we can interact with one another in ways that bring that out.
The commitment to take care of one another is not about being perfect. It’s about sowing the seeds that predispose our heart to expand without limit, that predispose us to awaken.” (Pema Chödrön, “A Greater Happiness” in Shambhala Sun, November, 2012)