Compassion is essential to overcoming loneliness. Compassion is a disposition towards life that can change whether it’s enemies into friends. Compassion is wishing well for somebody or something. It can be an impersonal emotion. You can be at peace with life by practicing compassion and kindness. Saying there’s something wrong with me, being sick, makes you feel worse. But when you have compassion for why and what sickness is, it becomes less of a problem.
You can find the text transcription and other related information on the Ajahn Brahm Podcast website.
This dhamma talk was originally recorded using a low quality MP3 to save on file size (because internet connections were slow back then – remember dialup?) on 11th April 2003. It has now been remastered and published by the Everyday Dhamma Network, and will be of interest to his many fans. If you like the Ajahn Brahm Podcast, you may also like the Treasure Mountain Podcast and / or the Forest Path Podcast which are also produced by the Everyday Dhamma Network.
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