I discovered Pema Chodron several years ago when trying to face my all consuming anxiety. While trying to learn to refocus my thoughts, she gave me many wonderful thoughts to dwell upon. ❤️

Empathy and Kindness
"When things fall apart and we can’t get the pieces back together, when we lose something dear to us, when the whole thing is just not working and we don’t know what to do, this is the time when the natural warmth of tenderness, the warmth of empathy and kindness, are just waiting to be uncovered, just waiting to be embraced. This is our chance to come out of our self-protecting bubble and to realize that we are never alone. This is our chance to finally understand that wherever we go, everyone we meet is essentially just like us. Our own suffering, if we turn toward it, can open us to a loving relationship with the world."

From her book Taking The Leap
https://pemachodronfoundation.org/product/taking-the-leap

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stacyworley
7 months

I love this! Thank you @jody remembering to be kind, tender, warm, and place yourself in another’s shoes all the ingredients for living a full and purposeful life.