True Compassion

"True compassion does not come from wanting to help those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings."
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Richness of Smelly Stuff

"You can feel like the world's most hopeless basket case, but that feeling is your wealth, not something to be thrown out or improved upon. There's a richness to all of the smelly stuff that we so dislike and so little desire. The delightful things-what we love so dearly about ourselves, the places in which we feel some sense of pride or inspiration-these also are our wealth."
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Looking Clearly and Compassionately at Ourselves

"The only reason that we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes."
When Things Fall Apart

Falling Apart is a Kind of Healing

"Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy."
When Things Fall Apart