. What is the most compassionate act you have seen in your life? Can you tell a friend or partner? Why did it strike you as compassionate? Could you ask your friend or partner the same question? (Blame these crazy questions on your minister.)
. If you were to teach compassion, what would be the first lesson? Could you follow your teaching?
. Why is compassion difficult to enact? Does it take too much time? Does it require you to feel the pain of another? Does it require you to stop your internal dialogue and enter into an uncommon intimacy? Does it connect you to another?