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Making room for the new, and the good

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GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

“Taz,” courtesy of Jon Ring.

 

When you suffer because of discrimination, there’s always an urge to speak out. But even if you spend a thousand years speaking out, your suffering won’t be relieved.

Only through deep understanding and liberation from ignorance can you be liberated from your suffering.

When you break through to the truth, compassion springs up like a stream of water. With that compassion, you can embrace even the people who have persecuted you.

When you’re motivated by desire to help those who are victims of ignorance, only then are you free from your suffering and feelings of violation. 

Don’t wait for things to change around you. You have to practice liberating yourself. Then you will be equipped with the power of compassion and understanding, the only kind of power that can help transform an environment full of injustice and discrimination.

You have to become such a person — one who can embody tolerance, understanding, and compassion. You transform yourself into an instrument for social change and change in the collective consciousness of mankind.

 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Answers from the Heart: Practical Responses To Life’s Burning Questions

No matter how it seems out there, humanity IS evolving from war-like competitiveness to peaceful and loving connectedness and CO-existence.

… the chaos we are experiencing in the outer world is nothing more than our own resistance to freedom and peace.

And notice that the deeper “resistance to change” digs in its heels, the more irrational it becomes.

~ Christine DeLorey

I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit.

When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Your life situation may be full of problems — most life situations are — but find out if you have any problem at this moment.

Not tomorrow or in ten minutes, but now. Do you have a problem now?

When you are full of problems, there is no room for anything new to enter, no room for a solution.

So whenever you can, make some room, create some space, so that you find the life underneath your life situation.

~ Eckhart Tolle

 

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8 thoughts on “Making room for the new, and the good

  1. Perfect for today, Phyllis! Thank you so much for a beautiful start to the day! 🙂

  2. Hi, Phyllis! Happy holiday season 🙂 I hope you are enjoying it wherever you are.
    I liked all of the quotations. They all fit what’s happening to me these days, inside and out, and I am grateful to be reminded of the path that heals and liberates. The last sentence summed it up: Clarity is eliminating options and alligning with values. So true.

    Wishing you well, and a peaceful liberated year ahead.
    Robin

  3. Wonderful article, Phyllis – esp liked (as a goal) : “When you’re motivated by desire to help those who are victims of ignorance, only then are you free from your suffering and feelings of violation”. Thank u for this post 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Felipe Adan Lerma and commented:
    Wonderful post with some lofty goals worth thinking about.

    Excerpt, “When you’re motivated by desire to help those who are victims of ignorance, only then are you free from your suffering and feelings of violation”

    via Phyllis Ring
    Twitter @phyllisring

    #healing #compassion

  5. Thanks so much Beloved Sister Phyllis for sharing this. Love You! HUGS

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