When we are sympathetic, good intentions are often present but we become vulnerable to emotional entanglements and sensitive to absorbing other peopleʼs pain and symptoms. These reactions can make us ineffective and confused. In comparison, when we are in a compassionate state we are more objective. This breeds wiser perception and an ability to know that even the most difficult situation has important learning. This objectivity makes it easier to know our appropriate role in the midst of complexity, which ultimately is the most helpful for all concerned.

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