encountering our suffering…

for many of us, we think if we ignore our suffering it will go away, or that we can outrun it, or if we go to war with it we can somehow subdue or overcome it.

but it doesn’t really seem to work out that way. what we don’t transform, what we don’t heal, never seems to go away. it just comes out in some other manifestation, usually harmful towards ourselves or towards others.

but there is another option.

we can, instead, meet our suffering with an open heart and with love. we can come face to face with our suffering and allow it to touch us and teach us. only in the authentic spaciousness of love can our suffering transform us and be transformed. only in the spaciousness of an open heart can we find healing and the freedom to truly let go.

this is a practice.

~j

#TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #OpenHeart #healing #practice #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga

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