Is Compassion Really Fatiguing Us?

The poet, Denise Levertov, writes: “But we have only begun /to love the earth. /We have only begun /to imagine the fullness of life. /How could we tire of hope? – so much is in bud.” Sometimes, we do “tire of hope.” Sometimes, it feels that our capacity for compassion has reached its limits. When there is so much that calls to us for response, our reservoir of compassion can sometimes feel overtaxed or drained. What can we learn from the growing research on compassion? What are the benefits and the practices cultivating our capacities for compassion?

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