Thich Nhat Hanh on Compassionate Listening

Lessons From Thich Nhat Hanh on Compassionate Listening… Do you have empathy for the suffering of others?

 

Do you have the desire to alleviate others’ distress? I’m immediate answer is OF COURSE I DO! I have deep compassion for all children. I have compassion for any human regardless of age or gender that is being physically or emotionally abused. I have compassion for Mother Earth. I wish I could say that I have compassion for negative, angry, grouchy people. But the truth is, I find negative energy contagious, so these negative people make me angry and grouchy. And when I feel angry and grouchy, there’s little room left for compassion.