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In today’s post we will continue to talk about how we can act to ease someone else’s suffering. I can also act in ways that I believe are compassionate to the people right in front of me, and you might think, “Isn’t that compassion for others?” But really, it’s compassion for myself in another form. It’s another self-compassion method. Imagine the pain you feel when you see someone else suffering — the suffering you feel is real suffering, just as the other person is suffering. Yet, most people don’t actually ease that suffering in themselves. So, how do you ease that suffering in yourself when you see someone else suffering? You reach out, empathize, make a connection, and look for a way to reduce the other person’s suffering, and your own. If the other person opens up, that’s great. If not, that’s OK, because you’ve reached out and let them know that you too suffer when you see them suffer. That’s a powerful thing. And so your ease your own suffering, and it’s a selfish sort of compassion. But that’s the only kind there is.
Come back tomorrow for more inspiration on compassion.
Reference : https://zenhabits.net/compassion/