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 Chödrön
In other words Healer Heal Thyself.
These are my two favorite books by Pema, though I think everything I’ve read speaks to me:
● When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
● The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
A friend gifted me these CDs and they were incredibly helpful as well:
● Unconditional Confidence: Instructions for Meeting Any Experience with Trust and Courage