The following quote is taken from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron' .
" The basic ground of compassionate action is the importance of working with
rather than struggling against,
and what I mean by that is working with your own unwanted, unacceptable stuff,
so that when the unacceptable and unwanted appears out there,
you relate to it based on having worked with loving-kindness for yourself.
Then there is no condescension.
This nondualistic approach is true to the heart
because it's based on our kinship with each other.
We know what to say, because we have experienced closing down, shutting off,
being angry, hurt, rebellious, and so forth,
and have made a relationship with those things in ourselves."