I am working on a grief training currently with David Kessler, who is someone in the world of grief work I deeply admire. While I appreciated his previous writings, hearing him say some simple statements out loud has made me be in an attitude of deep reflection.
Case in point - this week during our workshop he said, "Truth without compassion is brutality."
Let that sink in for a moment. Speaking the truth, even if it is true, in a way that is not grounded in compassion is an act of brutality against that person.
Both of the areas we anchor ourselves in here at Abide - spiritual direction (individual and groups) and end-of-life doula work - can be hard. Therefore, they are grounded in compasison. We seek to accompany people in love as they discover deep truths.
Let us not be people who communicate truth in a way that harms instead of leads to life.
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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