When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.
It isn’t that we say, “It doesn’t matter about me all that much, but if I changed the world, it would be better for other people.” It’s less complicated than that. We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.
from the book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
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Further quotes from the book When Things Fall Apart:
- Moving closer to the truth
- The perfect teacher
- The courage to look at ourselves honestly and gently
- Awakening is essential
- Being with us
- The path of true awakening
- Finding out what is true
- Flooding the world with your kindness
- Exposing ourselves to annihilation
- Only in our own experience
- Until we got it
- Fully alive
- No fresh air
- What is in front of us right in the moment
- Abandoning hope
- Drive all blames into oneself
- It’s just like that
- How are you