A Quote by Pema Chodron on compassion, emptiness, freedom, and pain

 Buddhist words such as compassion and emptiness don't mean much until we start cultivating our innate ability simply to be there with pain with an open heart and the willingness not to instantly try to get ground under our feet. For instance, if what we're feeling is rage, we usually assume that there are only two ways to relate to it. One is to blame others. Lay it all on somebody else; drive all blames into everyone else. The other alternative is to feel guilty about our rage and blame ourselves.

Pema Chodron

Source: When Things Fall Apart : Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Jack on pain, responsibility, suffering, and liberation

There is a point where pain becomes so much that we hold others responsible for our pain. What we may not realize is that only we can climb the mountain path to our own liberation. As impossible as it may seem, it is work only we can do.

We can only hope that noone else descends on us and declares themselves responsible for liberating us from our own pain. Only when we are responsible for our own transcendence do we discover the deep courage to midwife birth to our own joy.

Jack Ricchiuto

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on experience, pain, suffering, and perspective

The way to reduce the pain which you associate with earthly experiences and events—both yours and those of others—is to change the way you behold them.

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Dan on suffering, pain, life, change, reality, and mind

If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

Dan Millman

Source: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Huston Smith on pain, sex, time, huston smith, gerald heard, author, polymath, evolutionary thought, and sited by daniel pinchbeck

Professor Huston Smith, (from his 2004 Foreword to Pain, Sex and Time):

"Overnight, the book in hand converted me from the scientific worldview to the vaster world of the mystics. I applaud the decision to bring this book back into print."

In this absorbing and provocative book, Gerald Heard shows that a fissure in human consciousness, which has been rapidly widening for 400 years, is the cause of modern man's tragic dismay. Believing his problem external, when it is really in his own mind, man at last faces a "veritable Copernican revolution" psychologically. Science tells us that man is the only animal capable of continued evolution. It shows further that he can evolve in only one way-mentally. Pain, Sex and Time is then a new outlook, a new promise for the future, a new exploration of those strange and little-known powers of human consciousness of which man is becoming increasingly aware. Harper & Brothers, 1939

Pain, Sex and Time was James Dean's favorite book.

Pain, Sex and Time has been out of print for 60 years.

Huston Smith

Source: Pain, Sex and Time: A New Outlook on Evolution and the Future of Man (Provenance Editions)

Contributed by: Darshan

A Quote by Andrew Harvey on heart, beauty, pain, and adversity

If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever more wonders.

Andrew Harvey

Source: The Return of the Mother

Contributed by: Abby

A Quote by Luther Lotz on pain, opportunity, heart ache, motivation, love, and appreciation

Thanks for ripping my heart out. After the initial pain of removal subdued, I noticed that it got a chance to breathe new air. Now that I took it back and placed it back in, it works better than ever. -- ahhhhh

Luther Lotz

Contributed by: Luther

A Quote by Raphie on humanity, pain, struggles, and weakness

I am sorry if my own humanity and and pain and struggles to do the right thing are proof to you of something wrong or weak in me.

Raphie Frank

Contributed by: Raphie

A Quote by unknown on life, limit, learn, change, growth, hope, intent, self-expression, peace, and pain

The degree to which you accept your limitations determines the degree to which you find you're unlimited.


Contributed by: firetender

A Quote by Morris West on courage, integrity, pain, doubt, security, love, letting go, life, death, and fully alive

IT COSTS SO much to be a full human being that there are very few who have
the enlightenment or the courage to pay the price. One has to abandon
altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of living with
both arms open. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept
pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the
cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to
total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.

Morris West

Contributed by: communeist

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