"Peace can be made only by those who are peaceful, and love can be
shown only by those who love. No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear,
or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by
those who have no capacity for living now."
"To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be
continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in
no-man's-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is
to be willing to die over and over again."
"Most of us do not take these situations as teachings. We
automatically hate them. We run like crazy. We use all kinds of ways to escape
-- all addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can't
stand it. We feel we have to soften it, pad it with something, and we become
addicted to whatever it is that seems to ease the pain."
"People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if
things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are
being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you
continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree
that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot,
how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form
of your life, to give you everything you need to open further."
"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the
wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness
well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when
we recognize our shared humanity."
"The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental
harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and
the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently."
"The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane
enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at
ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's
"When you say something really unkind, when you do something in
retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will
try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That
is how conflict escalates."
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