Suffering as Transformation

October 27, 2014 2:52 PM

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If we learn to take a look at our own suffering in this life, whether it be suffering from isolation, inadequacy, failure, loss, or grief, we realize that they've all hurt like hell. If we open up, our hearts end up broken; but here we are anyway. I am sure some of us can see the way in which our suffering burns deep into us and creates a different quality of being, but it's still very hard to imagine a curriculum in which Suffering 102 is part of the coursework for becoming a fully realized human being.

There is a tremendous fear of vulnerability to our human hearts. "I can't bear it. I've got to look away." Many of us first had this experience when we were very young, when we had our first love affair, our first intense attachment, and having it go awry which broke our hearts, and thinking, "I'll ...

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