Compassion is an often-misunderstood concept, especially within the codependent community where it is frequently translated as something more akin to pity and rescue.  So I have included the definition by the Dalai Lama as below for careful consideration:




Usually our concept of compassion or love refers to the feeling of closeness we have with our friends and our loved ones. Sometimes compassion also carries a sense of pity. This is wrong. Any love or compassion which entails looking down on the other is not genuine compassion. To be genuine, compassion must be based on respect for the other, and on the realisation that others have the right to be happy and overcome suffering, just as much as you. On this basis, since you can see that others are suffering, you develop a genuine sense of concern for them.


HH The XIVth Dalai Lama

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