“The foundation of the house of yoga is compassion” Judith Hanson Lasater

Compassion is needed in so many ways, toward those we love most, those we may never meet, everyone in between, and ourselves.  Taking a kind view of others and of ourselves is a way of recognizing our connection, that which we all share.  This is well described in the famous Buddhist meditation, the Four Immeasurables.  One translation:

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness

May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering

May all beings rejoice in the well-being of others

May all beings live in peace.

The Four Immeasurables are sometimes summarized as: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, peace.