Karen Armstrong's eleventh step to compassion

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"We have learned that we cannot put ourselves in a special, separate category. Instead, we have tried to cultivate the considerate attitude of shu ('likening to oneself'), reflexively relating our own pain to the suffering of others. As a result, we are beginning to acquire what the Tibetan Buddhists call 'the inability to bear the sight of another's sorrow,' so that we feel it almost as intensely as we feel our own."