Responding With Compassion

When we feel empathy for someone, we feel what they feel. Empathy is a precursor to compassion. When we move from empathy to compassion, not only do we feel what another is feeling, we are also moved to help alleviate their suffering. But, what does it mean really to be compassionate toward the suffering? It means suffering with others, feeling it in our hearts. And, not just feeling, perhaps, but actually doing.