A compassionate heart is not one that feels pity, for pity is a personal judgment and full of aversion not love.
Compassion is genuinely caring and wanting to help others. Pity is about helping yourself to relieve your sense of aversion, guilt, shame, or sense of obligation. Compassion is beyond one’s cares, fears, or worries. It arises from love and requires action, is open-hearted and welcoming however difficult a situation might be.
Pity disempowers others for it does not honor who they are. Compassion honors and respects the others’ being, shared difficulties, & experiences life brings.
One must establish compassion for one’s self before being capable of true compassion for another. Those who do not have compassion for themselves will not be able to understand the compassion others may give.
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