Some people consider warm-hearted kindness to be a sign of weakness; limp like an overcooked eggplant. Actually compassion is active, countering injustice. Compassion counters our tendency to think we are the best, or to think we are the worst. Love and compassion reduce our self-centeredness. They reduce our ego by putting our energy into concern for others. So practicing compassion takes courage – the courage to face and work on reducing our own selfishness.
This chronic disease of cherishing ourselves is the cause giving rise to our unsought suffering. Recognizing this, we seek the courage and strength to blame, destroy, and say no to this monstrous demon of selfishness. […]
Being altruistic does not mean totally rejecting our own interest or neglecting oneself, this is a misunderstanding. In fact, the kind of altruism that focuses on the well-being of others arises from a very courageous […]