Eric Hoffer said: "Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless." I came across this quote while reading a blog about self-compassion, which made so much sense to me personally and professionally. Is this something that resonates with you too? For some, compassion comes easily, and for others, not so much so. Compassion is something I believe that I learned through hard lessons; although I'm grateful. Also, I think my patients have taught me about compassion and how to be compassionate. Compassion allows me to see the 'bigger picture' and temporarily suspend any self-absorption. This increases my sense of empathy, love, and unconditional acceptance whether of 'other' or of 'self.' Whatever uncomfortable feelings that I may experience or be experiencing, whether that be anger, resentment, hurt, or countless other emotions, I know allowing myself to experience compassion changes the experience of these emotions; I can see a more complete perspective of life and/or circumstances. I think Eric would agree that compassion is cleansing for the soul.
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