[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: The Soft Spot of Compassion
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week
October 14, 2005
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THE SOFT SPOT OF COMPASSION
Compassion is based on some sense of "soft spot" in us. It is as if we had
a pimple on our body that was very sore -- so sore that we do not want to
rub it or scratch it....That sore spot on our body is an analogy for
compassion. Why? Because even in the midst of immense aggression,
insensitivity to our life, or laziness, we always have a soft spot, some
point we can cultivate -- or at least not bruise. Every human being has
that kind of basic sore spot, including animals. Whether we are crazy,
dull, aggressive, ego-tripping, whatever we might be, there is still that
sore spot taking place in us. An open wound, which might be a more vivid
analogy, is always there....We are not completely covered with a suit of
armor all the time. We have a sore spot somewhere, some open wound
somewhere. Such a relief! Thank earth!
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