October 28, 2009

Open Yourself Up to Compassion

The practice of compassion means letting experience in. A Japanese poet, a woman named Izumi who lived in the tenth century, wrote: “Watching the moon at dawn, solitary, mid-sky, I knew myself completely. No part left out.” When we can open to all parts of ourselves and to others in the world, something quite extraordinary happens. We begin to connect with one another.

–Joseph Goldstein, from “Heart Touching Heart,” Tricycle, Winter 2007

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