When we try to practice compassion towards someone who tends to trigger strong negative emotions within us, we may get stuck and end up ruminating and feeling conflicted in the process. This is a practice of compassion without needing to think, justify or force any particular feelings by accepting whatever that arises as they are.

Hope, by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me.

Guide: Noelle Lim

Image credit: Jacek Poblocki, Unsplash

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