"Compassion arises when the jewel of the mind rests in the lotus of the heart."*
In the West, we tend to separate the mind and the heart. The mind thinks rationally. It knows hard and objective truths. It judges good from bad, right from wrong. The heart is emotional and soft. If we pay too close attention to it, it will make us weak and or lead us astray. But the truth lies outside of this dichotomy altogether. The mind is powerful when it is situated in the heart, when striving and trying to get something right is held with love and compassion.
-Brad Stulberg, The Practice of Groundedness
*quote attributed to Jack Kornfield