Daniell Koepke (via ironthrones)
If empathy is supposed to be demonstrated by a large portion of humanity then why is there still so many out there who simply do not understand how some people feel about things and how it affects them? When there are things slowly killing you and yet people don’t understand why.
One of the essential tasks for living a wise life is letting go. Letting go is the path to freedom. It is only by letting go of the hopes, the fears, the pain, the past, the stories that have a hold on us that we can quiet our mind and open our heart.
We do not need to fear letting go. We can trust the courage and vulnerability of our heart to meet life as it is; we can rest kindly where we are. As we let go, the tender ground of honesty, healing and love will carry us through the very-changing world.
- Jack Kornfield
When it comes time to let it go, let it go.
'Forgiveness sees wisely. It willingly acknowledges what is unjust, harmful, and wrong. It bravely recognises the sufferings of the past, and understands the conditions that brought them about. There is a strength to forgiveness. When we forgive we can also say, “Never again will I allow these things to happen.” We may resolve to never again permit such harm to come to ourselves or another.'
- Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace.
In the above photo, the Dalai Lama comforts a kindergarden child who lost his parents in the tsunami caused by the March 11 earthquake. He visited the Saikoji temple to hold a memorial service for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern Japan.‘Perhaps this is the best we can do: to help when we can, to witness each other with kindness, to offer our presence; to show the trust we have in life. Spiritual life is not about knowing much, but about loving much.’— Jack Kornfield, After Ecstasy, The Laundry
Meditation Masters(via cazham)