Tag Archives: Love

What is empathy? // Roman Krznaric

“….empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions. So empathy is distinct from expressions of sympathy — such as pity or feeling sorry for somebody — as these do not involve trying to understand the other person’s… Read More »

“….the fires of hell as a manifestation of God’s love.” // Joseph Campbell

“Dante saw even the fires of hell as a manifestation of God’s love. You will have heard the old legend of how, when God created the angels, he commanded them to pay worship to no one but himself; but then, creating man, he commanded them to bow in reverence to this most noble of his… Read More »

“….every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place….” // Etty Hillesum

“I know that those who hate have good reason to do so. But why should we always have to choose the cheapest and easiest way? It has been brought home forcibly to me here how every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place…. I see no other solution.… Read More »

“….the goal of life is a deep state of well-being and wisdom at all moments….” // Matthieu Ricard

“Living on a pendulum between hope and doubt, excitement and boredom, desire and weariness, it’s easy to fritter away our lives, bit by bit, without even noticing, running all over the place and getting nowhere. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things…. ….the goal of life… Read More »

“….love and caring are marbled even into the worst life has to offer.” // Anne Lamott

“Mercy, grace, forgiveness, and compassion are synonyms, and the approaches we might consider taking when facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves — our arrogance, greed, poverty, disease, prejudice. It includes everything out there that just makes us want to turn away, the idea of accepting life as it presents… Read More »

“….”when you’re young, everybody knows they’re going to die and nobody believes it….” // Morrie Schwartz

“When you arrive at the point I’m at, you appreciate the start truth of the Buddhist statement that “when you’re young, everybody knows they’re going to die and nobody believes it.” When you’re facing death, you believe it. We’re all on the same ship, and it’s going to sink sooner or later. One hundred and… Read More »

Seeds of Anger and Compassion in us // Thich Nhat Hanh

“Every one of us has a seed of anger. Every one of us has a seed of compassion. We have all kinds of seeds in our store of consciousness. To practice meditation is to practice mindful watering of the seeds in us. We don’t want the negative seeds to manifest often because every time a… Read More »

The Buddha on Love// Juan Mascaro

“This is how the Buddha speaks of love in the Majjhima Nikaya: Buddha spoke thus once to his disciples: The words of men to you can be of five kinds: at the right time or at the wrong time, true or false, gentler or bitter, profitable or unprofitable, kindly or resentful. If men speak evil… Read More »

“Viewed superficially, love and attachment look alarmingly similar….” // Swami Tyagananda

“Viewed superficially, love and attachment look alarmingly similar. When we look deeply, however, their differences become obvious. The first thing we notice is that a person in the grip of attachment is primarily attached to “I”, his or her pampered self, whereas one who is truly in love seldom thinks of the “I” — it’s… Read More »

“Parents think they can hand children permanent confidence….” // Carol S. Dweck

“Parents think they can hand children permanent confidence — like a gift — by praising their brains and talent. It doesn’t work, and in fact has the opposite effect. It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything is hard or anything goes wrong. If parents want to give their children a gift, the best… Read More »

“”Love” is a beautiful word, and we have to restore its meaning.” // Thich Nhat Hanh

“”Love” is a beautiful word, and we have to restore its meaning. When we say, “I love hamburgers,” we spoil the word. We have to make the effort to heal words by using them properly and carefully. True love includes a sense of responsibility and accepting the other person as she is, with all her… Read More »

“My life has become an uninterrupted dialogue with You, Oh God…” // Etty Hillesum

“My life has become an uninterrupted dialogue with You, oh God, one great dialogue. Sometimes when I stand in some corner of the camp, my feet planted on Your earth, my eyes raised towards heaven, tears sometimes run down my face, tears of deep emotion and gratitude.” — Etty Hillesum (quoted by Patrick Woodhouse in… Read More »

“Love is the only rational act.” // Stephen Levine

“We all know that we’re dying…day by day we’re getting closer to our death. The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Many people close to dying have said that same thing, and I think there is a lot of truth in it. Don’t wait until… Read More »