Our innate capacity for empathy is the source of the most precious of all human qualities.
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Orloff says, “In the depth and intricacies of being human the complexity of empathy is at the center. It’s the alpha; it’s the beginning; it inspires me to keep on going. When I wake up in the morning empathy is the place that is going to make me right in the universe. It’s coming from my heart. My source of empathy for others holds me, even if I might get triggered, even if I have judgments. Even if horrible things happen in the world, I know I can return to the home within myself. The beauty of humanity and our most precious quality is the capacity for empathy. This inspires me to keep my priorities straight. No matter what’s happening on the outside, this is my source of strength and I strive to follow the light as I create positive change in the world. This is my mission, my purpose and empathy is vehicle to get there.“
Judith Orloff, M.D., author of
The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People