The Compassion Institute has kindly published my reflection and poem.

“Barbara Piper-Roelofs is a life coach, poet, and alumna of Senior Teacher Robert Cusick’s CCT class. She has kindly shared with us a poem inspired by her experiences in CCT, along with a reflection on “the gap,” her word for the critical moment between noticing suffering and reacting with intention. You can find her at or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as “Coach Barbara.””