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Compassion

The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves "inside the skin" of the other. We "go inside" their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering. Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering. We must become one with the subject of our observation. When we are in contact with another's suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us.
 

Our Elders

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. - Thich Nhat Hanh
 

Bullying

"When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless." - Chris Colfer
 

True Success

“Success is not the victory, it’s what you’ve done to win. The knowledge that you’ve done everything in your power to achieve what you wanted. That feeling makes me very happy. This year I lost the final in Australia and I didn’t like it, but I was happy in some ways. It was a success to have lost like that.” - Rafael Nadal
 

Alone

Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone. - Elizabeth Gilbert
 

Appearances

It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Expressing what we feel

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. - Plato
 

Be Kind

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Plato
 

Most Precious Gift

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. - Thich Nhat Hanh
 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offense up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love. - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802473156?ie=UTF8&tag=lifeessential-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0802473156" target="_new">Gary Chapman in "The 5 Love Languages"</a>
 

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