Accompanying

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‘Compassion’, when literally translated,  means ‘ suffering with others’ and ‘with’ is the most important word, because it implies belonging. ‘Companion’ is ‘one who travels with another’.  So in this relationship there is no guide, there is no healer and no one healed; we simply accompany one another.

 As we inquire into the heart of service, we see a pattern: common to all habits that hinder us in our work is a sense of separateness; and common to all those moments and actions that truly seem to serve is the experience of unity.  As my friend Reb Anderson says, “We are simply walking through birth and death holding hands.”

Frank Ostaseski

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