There are lots of ideas about spiritual life that we choose to believe and make our own. One such idea, for me, is the idea that I chose my specific parents because they would provide the ideal circumstance for me to achieve what I long for most in this life. For me, that longing is to know how to love -- under all circumstances -- both myself and others.
This belief about my parents has empowered me to find meaning in my own suffering, as well as the suffering I see all around me.
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