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We avoid suffering only at the great cost of distancing ourselves from life. In order to live fully we may need to look deeply and respectully at our own suffering and at the suffering of others. In the depths of every wound we have survived is the strength we need to live. The wisdom our wounds can offer us is a place of refuge. Finding this is not for the faint of heart. But then, neither is life.

My Grandfather’s Blessings – Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging – Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
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Dear God,

I do not like having my life shaken up – even if that’s what I’ve been asking for. I was pretty comfortable in my misery – even if I was miserable. I had a routine and I stuck to it. I didn’t like it and I blamed it on you – or the lack of you.

Now I have a routine that I don’t like, and I am starting to blame it on me – or the lack of me. In other words, a lot of what I thought of as your short-fall may have been my own.

Prayers from a Nonbeliever – A Story of Faith – Julia Cameron

People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong…Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

Thich Nhat Hanh
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