Some people think that cultivating compassion is good for others but not necessarily good for themselves, but this is not correct. You also benefit directly since compassion immediately instills in you a sense of calm, inner strength, and a deep confidence and satisfaction. Whereas it is not certain the person receiving your feelings of compassion will benefit. Tonight and tomorrow night I am teaching at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, and then Saturday and Sunday meditation workshops in Ojai, California. Please see our new Altruism in Medicine Institute website — http://altruismmedicine.org/ for more details.