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Best-selling author, religious expert and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has studied all of the world’s great religions. She says she’s identified the common thread that runs through them all: compassion

Armstrong sits down with Oprah this coming week and shares the one thing everyone can start doing today to live a more compassionate life.

“Take a little practice,” Armstrong says. “You can do it all day and every day. When you’re in the office, or at home, or going to work on the commuter train, look at the person sitting next to you and say, ‘What do I know about this person? What do I really know about this person?’ I may see them every day, but do I know what makes her cry in the night? What do I know about the girl who’s checking me out in the supermarket? And sometimes I’m impatient [and think], ‘This woman’s stupid, she’s so slow.’ What do I really know about that woman? Her home circumstances, her suffering? Just get in that habit.”

“Behind each person lies a whole history of associations, of joy, of happiness, of events that we’ll never know.”

You can see clips from the Super Soul Sunday broadcast at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/28/karen-armstrong-oprah-compassion_n_4345622.html?ref=topbar

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3 Comments

  1. Wonderfully wise words. Walk a mile in another’s shoes and see how that influences your outlook on life. 🙂

    • Suz, you understand so well. Things are never quite as they seem and I also find it true how little we know about each other even when right next door.

  2. Reblogged this on morinanderim.


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