Is that two days straight of Pema Chodron quotes you ask? Yes, yes it is. Because for me she is the queen of compassion and kindness. Also honesty about the challenges of being human. She says, “To stay with that shakiness—to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feelings of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the spiritual path. Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves is the path of the warrior. We catch ourselves one zillion times as once again, whether we like it or not, we harden into resentment, into a sense of relief, a sense of inspiration.”
I like the part about one zillion times. It unto itself fosters compassion, about how we walk a spiritual path, no perfection, just constant rebalancing.