Dealing with Suffering and Seeing It As Grace

http://www.realitysandwich.com/dealing_suffering_seeing_grace

“[T]here is a tendency in us to find suffering aversive. And so we want to distance ourselves from it…

[Y]ou are afraid you will drown in it. You are afraid you will drown in a pain that will be unbearable. And the fact of the matter is, you have to. You finally have to. Because if you close your heart down to anything in the universe, it’s got you. You are then at the mercy of suffering.

And to have finally dealt with suffering, you have to consume it into yourself. Which means you have to, with eyes open, be able to keep your heart open in hell… And what it involves is bearing the unbearable. And in a way, who you think you are can’t do it. Who you really are can do it. So that who you think you are dies in the process.” ~Ram Dass

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