“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he/she suffers deeply within him/herself, and his/her suffering is spilling over. He/she does not need punishment; rather needs help,” Thich Nhat Hahn. HH Dalai Lama often teaches that genuine compassion is towards your enemy. Letting go of our narrow focus of “me,” “me,” and “me” is required to cultivate unconditional, unbiased love and compassion. I am only one of nearly 8 billion people and countless other living beings, all of whom like me just want to be happy. Understanding long-term consequences of actions even beyond this life, and exquisite interconnectedness is required for cultivating unconditional love and compassion. This takes courage, and true grit!
A square peg doesn’t fit in a round hole. So don’t push it. A round peg doesn’t fit in a square hole. So don’t push it. These are learning situations I often have to relearn. […]
We must be careful when we tap into the massive suffering in the world, not to be crushed and overwhelmed. Recognizing others’ suffering opens our hearts to compassion. It does not close our hearts. This […]