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By Lorne Ladner

Now in paperback, this useful advisor to cultivating compassion grants Buddhist and mental perception correct the place we want it most—navigating the problems of our day-by-day lives.

Compassion is frequently obvious as a far off, altruistic excellent cultivated by way of saints, or as an unrealistic reaction of the naively kind-hearted. Seeing compassion during this manner, we lose out on experiencing the transformative capability of 1 of our such a lot overlooked internal resources.

Dr Lorne Ladner rescues compassion from this marginalised view, exhibiting how its sensible software in our lifestyles could be a robust strength achieve happiness. Combining the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism and Western psychology, Ladner provides transparent, powerful practices for cultivating compassion in day-by-day residing.

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NOT TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF Another common obstacle to compassion is not taking care of yourself. This often appears in people who have become accustomed to leading busy lives and feel that they can’t take time away to relax, reflect, and introspect. In our fast-paced society, it’s easy to see being incredibly busy with no time to yourself as a normal way of life. As a psychotherapist, I often work with people who have been so busy for so long that when I first suggest they take some time for themselves, they aren’t sure what to do.

When we don’t limit our approach to our own perspective, we become able to see things from others’ perspectives. His many hands symbolize the vast ability to help others extensively in whatever way is necessary. His thousand eyes appearing in the palms of his hands suggest that this helping is inseparable from or arises spontaneously out of his compassionate vision. This story also can be viewed as symbolizing what happens each time we compassionately push beyond an old boundary. Every time we get tired, stressed out, frustrated, exhausted, or overwhelmed, we can pause in that very moment and realize that we have a choice.

Each step of the way, it’s important to apply to ourselves whatever insights we’ve gained before we share them with others. We must take care of ourselves primarily by understanding and taking care of our own minds. Preaching something to others that we are not striving sincerely to practice ourselves is a sad sort of hypocrisy. Overcoming Obstacles 27 I mentioned earlier that you cannot give others something you don’t have. This is very true emotionally. If you’re feeling upset and anxious, striving to help someone close to you may only get that person anxious as well.

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