Imagine you are walking in the woods and you see a small dog sitting by the tree. As you approach it, it suddenly lunges at you, teeth bared. You are frightened and angry, but then you notice that one of it’s leg is caught in a trap. Immediately your mood shifts from anger to concern. You see that the dog’s agression is coming from a place of vulnerability and pain.
This applies to all of us. When we behave in hurtful ways, it is because we are caught in some kind of a trap. The more we look through the eyes of wisdom at ourselves and one and another, the more we cultivate a compassionate heart.