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Let Us

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“Let us not pass on humiliation and contempt. Let us not hold on to grudges. Let us not hold on to anger or revenge. Let us ask God to cleanse our minds of the wrongs which have been done to us. Let us not demand to be right which may very well make us wrong.”

– Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

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Wounded Healers

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“We are needy people helping needy people. We are wounded healers offering cool cups of water to thirsty people.”

~ Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

Being Aware

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“When we lose awareness of and do not meditate on the existence of suffering in all things, we can easily be pushed around by passions and desires for worldly things, increasingly destroying our lives in the pursuit of these desires. Only by being aware of suffering can we find its cause, confront it directly, and eliminate it.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Opinions On Suffering

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“What is my conception of a personal Higher Power? Describe it here. I feel that when I meditate I connect to a creative and loving energy that is present in all life. They say all the energy that has ever been is still here now and will always be here. That means there is a totality and I am part of it. When I have an opinion on suffering, it is only that, an opinion. I do not and cannot understand the full context of events that occur in an infinite and eternal universe. It’s as if within my finite lifetime I glimpse a second of a three-hour movie and try to understand the entire plot. All I must do is engage with this idea: I will become open to the idea that my conceptions, beliefs and experiences are limited. I will become open to new beliefs and new possibilities. I will become open to the idea that I can live a better, more loving and useful life, even if I don’t fully understand how I will do it or what it will be like.”

~ Russell Brand, Recovery