Thursday, August 27, 2009

Albert Einstein and Compassion

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Quote by Albert Einstein

I came across the quote below, liked it and wanted to share it with you. I knew Einstein was brilliant, but I didn't know how far reaching his wisdom stretched.

I think modern western science is slowly catching up to the idea that we are all part of a greater whole. Asian cultures already know this to be true and this is one of the many reasons I went to study Chinese Medicine.

With this system, the whole and the parts are looked at holistically. The medicine was developed by observing the relationship between man and nature. We can learn a lot from nature and obviously from Einstein.

So, here's the quote:

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe', a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feelings 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

And, I don't know this for sure, but when he wrote about widening the circle of compassion, I think he was including each one of us. Sometimes, it's easier to be compassionate to others rather than ourselves.

How will you be compassionate to yourself today?

I'm going to go for a nice walk in nature...How about you? I'd like to know.

Be well!


Kara Sorensen, MS, LAc

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