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Compassion burnout

I asked a Twitter friend

and she was kind to reply with a blog post, one I am grateful for and wish to keep here so I can go back to it, because even though  my mind understands the words, there are many things in here my heart still needs to understand.



Who wrote this?

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.”

(my emphasis)