Imagine you're walking in the woods and you see a small dog sitting by a tree. As you approach it, it suddenly lunges at you, teeth bared. You're frightened and angry.
But then you notice that one of its legs is caught in a trap. Immediately your mood shifts from anger to concern: you see that the dog’s aggression is coming from a place of vulnerability and pain.
This applies to all of us. When we behave in hurtful ways, it can often be because we're caught in some kind of trap.
The more we look through the eyes of wisdom at ourselves and one another, the more we cultivate a compassionate heart.
Tara Brach, Psychologist
You can equally apply this compassionate and non-judgemental approach to ourselves as well as to others. How much compassion are you cultivating towards yourself?
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