How can I have compassion for others without ignoring my own needs?

July 31, 2017   |   1 Comment


 Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #23. 

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Katia’s question is about figuring out the balance between kindness toward others and self-care. In this answer, I discuss the real meaning of compassion (spoiler alert: it doesn’t mean being nice), how compassion for self naturally blossoms into compassion for others, and the two forms of compassion, according to Buddhist thought: relative and absolute. I also share a little bit about my personal system for when I feel like I’m being overwhelmed by someone else.

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  • Posted by:  Ceci LaDuca

    Some very good points! As a person with a lot of codependency issues I have a tendency to want to be “super nice.” But it comes from cultural conditioning. Being present is better. That’s where I can respond from with authenticity.

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