Cultivating Compassion Together

Compassion literally means "to suffer with." Experiencing some compassion comes naturally for most people, but cultivating deep compassion in a way that can transform the anger, polarization, and violence in our society and around the world requires a special and dedicated effort and practice. The first task is to recognize, gently embrace and tend to the aggression and aversion we experience within ourselves. Through a gradual process of self-allowance and self-forgiveness our wholeness emerges, lessening our own suffering and promoting peace of mind. This work is not easy, but with persistence as this process of self-reconciliation unfolds, we become better able to embrace and perhaps ease the suffering of others. Will the ripple effect of this work ultimately achieve world peace? Who knows-- we can only hope.

In the wake of the Dalai Lama's visit to Seattle to promote compassion, I b