“We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who’s right and who’s wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don’t like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others….Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.”
— Pema Chödrön
I’m trying to stay a bit back from the news while I focus myself on this month’s #100Speak post on Compassion and Age (which I haven’t started writing yet…). But there’s really no escaping the circus, so I’m sharing this quote as a reminder to keep our perspective, and our compassion, as we deal with an increasingly heated – and divided – political campaign.
*** And a special birthday wish for my awesome sister-in-law. Hope you have a wonderful day!