A Quote by Pema Chodron on compassion, emptiness, freedom, and pain

 Buddhist words such as compassion and emptiness don't mean much until we start cultivating our innate ability simply to be there with pain with an open heart and the willingness not to instantly try to get ground under our feet. For instance, if what we're feeling is rage, we usually assume that there are only two ways to relate to it. One is to blame others. Lay it all on somebody else; drive all blames into everyone else. The other alternative is to feel guilty about our rage and blame ourselves.

Pema Chodron

Source: When Things Fall Apart : Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

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