Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life: Self-Compassion and Empathy

With Reverend Cindy

Karen Armstrong writes, “We have seen that compassion is essential to humanity. Yet it is not easy to love ourselves.” Are you able to look into a mirror, gaze into your own eyes, and say, “I love you?” Most of us are more likely to focus on our faults than to recognize our own virtues. Living a compassionate life means having empathy-appreciation for the feelings of others-and learning compassion for ourselves.
 
During the twelve steps, we are trying to awaken our potential for compassion, sagehood, and Buddhahood. Once you have started to feel a genuine compassion for yourself, you will be able to extend it to others. ~ Karen Armstrong
 
Affirmation: God is Good, and I am created in the image and likeness of God.