Compassion is wishing another to be free of suffering. Compassion must be distinguished from empathy. Empathy is an evoked memory which arises in us in response to the suffering of another. It is a sympathetic emotional reaction. It is actually more about our self than the other, and as an emotional response can be quite mentally exhausting. Compassion is not driven by our emotional response to witnessing suffering. It is driven by a deep wisdom that understands the human condition. This understanding gives rise to a natural and effortless concern and desire to be of help. It is filled with the limitless energy of an open heart, and is the most appropriate and effective response to distress and suffering.