Definition of Compassion:
sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Synonyms of Compassion:
sympathy, feeling, empathy, understanding, caring, sensitivity,  warmth, love, tenderness, gentleness, mercy, kindness,, charity etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Compassion literally means “to suffer together.”
It is the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.

Unless our desire for human compassion is stronger than our desire to be right, to be secure or to belong, love will elude us. –Marsha Sinetar | More…

It is our job to have compassion for ourselves. When we do, we have taken the first step toward removing ourselves as victims. We are on the way to self-responsibility, self-care, and change. –The Language of Letting Go/Melody Beattie | More…

We can learn to give compassion.
First we need to make the decision to be compassionate.

Then we need to act as if we’re comfortable doing this. When we have practiced it awhile, we’ll discover that giving love and receiving the love we crave is within our grasp. –A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More…

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Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfilment.

Being compassionate is similar to what we call support in the program. We get outside our own self-centered egos and care about someone beyond ourselves.

In the process we are helped and changed – perhaps more than the person we are helping. Compassion has a reverberating effect in relationships. Not only do we give it and grow from the experience, we also become the receivers of what we send out. –Touchstones | More…

For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity. I ask my Higher Power to give me His guidance and the courage to be willing to be His instrument to carry within me compassion and unselfish actions.  –Daily Reflections 25/07 | More…

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