Right action will be needed from us all in the coming months, and perhaps years. Each of us may define that somewhat differently.
But each of us knew that fearful defensive isolation was leading us to the abyss as a world. The only way forward is linked together in compassion.
This barrier to compassion is very basic and universal. I have alluded to it in other posts, but it deserves fuller attention. Being compassionate requires being open to hurt and pain.
Naturally, it is difficult to be compassionate toward a source of threat. Seeing another’s needs may nudge us to being more aware of our own. If we value an identity of independence.
Shame may not seem like an obvious aspect of barriers to compassion. But I think it is an important entrenched obstacle, and is often disguised by other attitudes.
These obstacles to self and other compassion can be stubborn and difficult to alter in therapy. They often lie at the heart of a person’s deeply ingrained relationship and emotional response patterns.
Compassion is an important topic in research and the popular press these days. We are learning a great deal about the power of compassion to enhance our emotional and physical wellbeing.