The suffering itself is not so bad; it’s the resentment against suffering that is the real pain.
— Allen Ginsberg from The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom.
— Toni Morrison from No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear
We should make all spiritual talk
God is trying to sell you something,
But you don’t want to buy .
That is what your suffering is:
Your fantastic haggling,
Your manic screaming over the price!
-Hafiz From I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
- The Light Came, But Not Without a Fight
- Pain: The Breaking Of The Shell That Encloses Your Understanding
- The Tree That Survived The Winter
- God is Actively Present in Our Lives; Healing, Teaching and Guiding