May 3, 2003

May 03, 2003 02:33 AM

Maybe the other person has spoken so often with bitterness always condemning and blaming that you have had enough. You cannot listen anymore. You begin to try and avoid him or her. You try to avoid him out of fear. You give him the impression that you want to boycott him, to ignore his presence. You cannot face him and at the same time you cannot avoid him. The only solution is to train yourself to be able to communicate again. Deep listening is the way..Compassion alone can protect you from becoming irritated, angry, or full of despair. … Sometimes you get lost in your suffering, in your worries. In your daily life you have to be in touch with elements that do not constantly express suffering: the sky, the birds, the trees, the flowers, children – whatever is refreshing, healing, nourishing in us and around us. This is the practice of nourishment…. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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S P A R K !