Saturday, July 02, 2011

Some more thoughts on compassion

In the below video of Brene Brown (yeah, I'm a big fan) from Altar Video Magazine, she quotes Buddhist nun Pema Chodron who says, "Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals."

Part of her point is that we can only become truly com-passionate ("suffering with") once we have realized and actualized our own brokenness. I'm not sure I completely agree (it seems like Chodron is describing empathy more than "suffering with").

But it's likely that I'm drastically influenced by the compassion of Christ, who was both at the same time: equals ("man") and also healer ("God").  However, I definitely like how Chodron (and Brown as well) are challenging people to realize that compassion is hardly just the healthy helping the unhealthy and cannot be equated with charity.  It sounds familiar. The Incarnation is all about this.

Anyone else have thoughts?

Learning How To Sit In The Dark from The Work Of The People on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. I have learned more recently about "combining" psychology and faith. While God can and does heal, issues are not only resolved through Spiritual faith, as some Christians may say, and as I was once afraid to say out loud haha. God is in all things and Christ is complete compassion. Even when we "can't" be compassion with ourselves, the Cross is ultimate compassion, trust, hope, support. Gonna chew on this some more. Thanks for sharing your blog! ~ Angelica