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.