Compassion or Idiot Compassion?

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I would love to kiss you, the price of kissing is your life. Now my loving is running after my life, shouting, what a bargain, let’s buy it!

This poem by Rumi, the 11th century mystic, is about an ego death, when we lose ourselves in love for all the right reasons; when it’s no longer about my life or your life, but loving life itself.

Yet sometimes we confuse this tremendous passion for how me imagine we are suppose to act.  When passion is infused wisdom it is called compassion. When passion is confused with how “I should be good” it’ called idiot compassion…and I had a really bad case of it!

The Rumi poem and writing above are the first lines from a TedxBoulder talk I’m giving in on Sat, Sept. 27, 5-9.  Please click on the link and come if you are in town. Otherwise it will be published about a week later on Youtube.

Hope to see you there!!!