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The Streets Are Empty, Yet Full of Compassion

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

I consider this a good example of what Tara Brach refers to as "Radical Compassion." 👇🏼

"When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don’t say to yourself, “It looks like the end of the world.”

What you’re seeing is love in action. What you’re seeing, in that negative space, is how much we do care for each other, for our grandparents, for our immuno-compromised brothers and sisters, for people we will never meet.

People will lose jobs over this. Some will lose their businesses. And some will lose their lives. All the more reason to take a moment, when you’re out on your walk, or on your way to the shop, or just watching the news, to look into the emptiness and marvel at all of that love.

Let it fill you and sustain you.

This isn’t the end of the world. It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness in our lifetimes." — by songwriter Paul Williams

[Image Credit: Photo by Jennifer Testa, shared in the San Francisco Bay Area Street Photography Facebook group.]

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