As we work to create the beloved community and address systemic injustices, we will encounter the suffering of others, as well as our own suffering. Compassion allows us to meet suffering with an open and connected heart and a balanced mind. Self-compassion allows us to offer to ourselves the empathy, understanding, and kindness we desperately need. The more we respond to suffering with compassion, the more skillful, effective, and sustainable our activism becomes. Learn how in this talk and article.
In the previous class we concluded that the key to happiness is offering unconditional love to all people, beings, and life forms. But given the various and conflicting definitions of love in our culture, this talk clarifies what we mean by “love” and explains why it is a powerful and effective force for creating social change.
What is love? How does it relate to truth? What are the four ways that love shows up in our lives? How can love be intrinsic to who we are and boundless in its scope, when we so rarely experience our inner love? How do we work with love to benefit our lives and free ourselves from our suffering? Learn all this and more.