Compassionate Presence.

Today our group explored roadblocks to Compassionate Presence.
“….Compassion, sometimes spoken of as the “heart’s quivering” is the natural and intelligent response of our Being to the presence of suffering.”

“A reasonable question to ask is….if compassion arises in response to the presence of suffering….and there’s so much suffering in the world, why isn’t there more compassion?”

One reason for the apparent absence of compassion is that we rarely allow ourselves to directly experience suffering. We are masters at distraction. A large portion of our day is consumed by the activity of trying to avoid suffering. We often choose temporary relief or comfort, over healing, over seeing what is actually true.



Frank Ostaseski is the founder of the Metta Institute and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

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