Friday, November 6, 2015

Spirituality: Joan Halifax

We know from neuroscience that compassion has some very extraordinary qualities. For example, when people who are cultivating compassion are in the presence of suffering, they feel that suffering a lot more than other people do. However, they return to baseline a lot sooner. This is called resilience. Many of us think that compassion drains us, but I promise you, it is something that truly enlivens us.

You know, if compassion is so good for us, I have a question. Why don't we train our children in compassion? If compassion is so good for us, why don't we train our health care providers in compassion so that they can do what they're supposed to do, which is to really transform suffering? And if compassion is so good for us, why don't we vote on compassion? Why don't we vote for people in our government based on compassion, so that we can have a more caring world?