"Compassion is so powerful that it is considered by all major religions as
among the greatest virtues that you can practice. The Dalai Lama has
said, 'If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to
be happy, practice compassion.'
It starts with a feeling of friendliness toward your self (self-acceptance) and
then it grows into a feeling of friendliness toward others. You don’t have
to find someone who is suffering to be compassionate. It just begins as an
openness, a giving, a non-judging, a no demand, trusting, offer of friendship.
Compassion sleeps in everyone’s heart, and sometimes you have to do
something to awaken it."
Harry’s Palmer- an excerpt from his  "Path to Compassion" Talk"