more than a kind word

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Until we can relate to our own pain with kindness and acceptance, we’re more likely to defend ourselves against the pain of others. Or perhaps we do, in fact, engage with the pain of others, but are inclined to offer support out of a desire to receive validation to soothe our own pain. If we turn away from our own pain, we may find ourselves projecting this aversion onto others, seeing them as somehow inadequate for being in a troubled situation. And, paradoxically, when we truly allow ourselves to feel our own pain, over time it comes to seem less personal. We start to recognize that what we’ve perceived as our pain is, at a deeper level, the pain inherent in human existence. In fact, it is awareness of both our shared pain and our longing for happiness that links us to other people and helps us to turn toward them with compassion.    ~Sharon Salzberg

there are many myths surrounding compassion and mystery around how we care for ourselves…..

inquiry for today~  can you say how you commit to self-care? why does it sway?

why did you doubt?

I am merely a guest, born in this world to know the secrets that lie beyond it.   ~Rumi

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