The inevitability of suffering is the connector between us all. It is the great leveler, and it is the ground of compassion. Our common human experience of the struggle back to balance compels us to help one another, to try to understand. It calls us to volunteer, to give, and to ease the way for others in any way possible. This is the remarkably beautiful face of Kwan Yin, the bodhisatva of compassion, revealing herself in a way that is not available when we are contentedly meandering through our lives. Our collective brokenness is so very poignant precisely because the heroic spirit of compassion arises in us as a result of having born the unbearable and of watching those we love do likewise.
From: “Heroic Compassion: Inviting a Lifetime of Challenges, Healing, and Spiritual Awakening”
by ZenDoe Linda Frank