Widen Your Circle of Compassion

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Albert Einstein

This holiday season, consider these two TED Talks and add your name today to the Charter for Compassion


Morning on Reeds Lake

A winter storm has blanketed the east coast with snow. This morning, in places like Washington, D.C., which is not accustomed to snow many inches deep, people are trying to figure out how to get around. I hope they will find a moment to take in the beauty. I paused this morning to take in the sunrise on the frozen lake in our small town.

“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.” Henry David Thoreau