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The following is an excerpt from this issue:

[“I have a question about compassion fatigue.”]

Ekai: Can I give you a counter question? Can you define it?

I am not talking about the definition from a book. But your own. Questioning yourself is important. You have used a word, ―compassion fatigue‖. The question is, ―what does that mean to you‖? You need to define it, yes. You don‘t need to look in the dictionary or something like that.
You need to define it yourself. Without that work, within yourself, meaning doesn‘t come clearly because you haven‘t positioned yourself, yes; finding some definition, even a temporary framework, to reflect that quality of it. [Without that work], you‘ve put yourself in a spot. Often without positioning yourself, words start to flow and you try to find the meaning. It‘s not very productive in a sense, doesn‘t leave its mark. When a question arises, search within. That is the real work. That is how to overcome, how to manage… (Continued on page 1)

Jikishoan Tokozan