Compassion and respect for the client are central to the coaching process. Pema Chödrön writes:
When we talk of compassion, we usually mean working with those less fortunate than ourselves. However, in ... trying to help others, we might come to realize that compassionate action involves working with ourselves as much as working with others.... Only in an open, nonjudgmental space where we’re not all caught up in our own version of reality can we see and hear and feel who others really are, which allows us to be with them and communicate with them properly.... To the degree that we have compassion for ourselves, we will also have compassion for others. Having compassion starts and ends with ...

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