This apple tree is giving up its shape and substance up to feed other creatures. Collapsing in on itself, an icon of how we build our life up from the carpet of rich nourishment of others who whether willing or not, sacrificed and died before our time to provide us nourishment and wisdom.
The root of compassion for others is compassion for yourself.
Most, if not all of us suffer from an inner voice that is harsh and critical. It sounds like an angry parent.When we make a mistake we might hear ‘Well, if you were paying attention, that would not have happened”.