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Feelings: The Source of Compassion


“Our awareness of feelings in the body and mind ranges from simple frustration and malaise to anguish, despair, and white-hot physical pain, and from simple pleasures to extraordinary ecstasy. As we become clearly cognizant of the bandwidth of our own feelings, we direct our awareness externally. We become vividly aware that myriad sentient beings around us are not simply objects of our pleasure, displeasure, or indifference, but have feelings just like ours. By turning our awareness outward and closely applying mindfulness to other sentient beings, we can empathize with their feelings. When we empathize with another’s suffering and we attend closely, compassion arises. The suffering of unpleasant feelings is the very source of the experience of compassion.” – B. Alan Wallace, Minding Closely, The Four Applications of Mindfulness


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  1. Jean Sampson

    If we could feel the feelings of every other being, we would create a different world!

  2. That’s a profound thought, Jean!

  3. Let’s shed light and harmony 🙂 – Thank you for soft and soothing light, dear Sandra.

  4. Hmmm, profound, Sandra. The more suffering and anguish, we feel, looks like the greater our ability to be empathetic and compassionate towards others. Yet another benefit of being more mindful and present in our lives, especially of our emotions and feelings. We sometimes forget that others are similarly experiencing and going through the same circumstances, situations we are. This quote reminds me that we are all on the same boat together and compassion can serve as a life jacket of understanding and healing.

    • Hi Vishnu,

      So nice to see you! This quote is profound and simple too. I don’t think we need to create any extra suffering or anguish in our life. Usually, a sufficient amount comes out way and we can use it to make our heart bigger and bigger. What your feeling, I’m feeling. I like your image of being on the same boat together!

  5. Thank you for this, it is what I needed to read right at this moment.

  6. You’ve so welcome, Kaylin. That makes my day worthwhile!

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