Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. – Pema Chodron
Isn’t it great that no one is perfect?
Well, we are perfect beings, it’s just our behavior isn’t always so perfect.
But I digress.
I love how Chodron’s words remind us that be truly be compassionate we need to remember, and acknowledge/accept, that we have darkness too – we have shadow aspects.
These shadows only persist and have power though to extent that we deny and hide from them.