Compassion: Angels in the Great War

I’ve been asked to post more from the series Angels in the Great War.  Here’s a start.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I would like to publicly acknowledge the gifts of compassion I’ve received throughout my life.  I have been blessed by the kindness of family, friends, colleagues and strangers.

Here is Sharon Saltzberg’s description of compassion:

Compassion is not at all weak. It is the strength that arises out of seeing the true nature of suffering in the world. Compassion allows us to bear witness to that suffering, whether it is in ourselves or others, without fear; it allows us to name injustice without hesitation, and to act strongly, with all the skill at our disposal. To develop this mind set of compassion…is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for all living beings without exception.”

We are living in challenging times.  My prayer for all of us is that we embrace compassion without fear.

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