Ilyse Kaplan

Writer, dreamer, lover.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

—Pema Chödrön (via purplebuddhaproject)



Everyone strives to do something great in his or her lives. Growing up we are told, “you’re so talented, you’re going to do something great.” Through school we are encouraged, taught to hone our talents and by college, we do. Our after school activities suggest we strive to dance or act, to be a sports star or musician. They tell us to do something you’ll be remembered for.

The truth is, we are…

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