Cultivating Compassion

Look into your body to see whether
it is at peace or is suffering from illness.
Look at the condition of your lungs, your heart,
your intestines, your kidneys, and your liver
to see what the real needs of your body are.
When you do, you will eat, drink, and act
in ways that demonstrate your love
and your compassion for your body.
Usually you follow ingrained habits.
But when you look deeply, you see
that many of these habits harm
your body and mind, so you work
to transform your habits in ways
conducive to good health and vitality.

-Thich Nhat Hanh (Tricycle Magazine)