Suffering And Compassion

“Suffering is whenever we realize we’re not in control.” -Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning To see As The Mystics See

“Compassion is our capacity to relate in a tender and sympathetic way to what we perceive. Instead of resisting our feelings of fear or grief, we embrace our pain with the kindness of a mother holding her child…Compassion honors our experience; it allows us to be intimate with the life of this moment as it is. Compassion makes our acceptance wholehearted and complete. . .Compassion means to be with, feel with, suffer with. Classical Buddhist texts describe compassion as the quivering of the heart, a visceral tenderness in the face of suffering. In the Buddhist tradition, one who has realized the fullness of compassion and lives from compassion is called a bodhisattva. The bodhisattva’s path and teaching is that when we allow our hearts to be touched by suffering—our own or another’s—our natural compassion flowers. The bodhisattva’s aspiration is simple and powerful: ‘May all circumstances serve to awaken compassion’…To cultivate the tenderness of compassion, we not only stop running from suffering, we deliberately bring our attention to it.” -Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning To see As The Mystics See

“Life is suffering” as the Buddha once said.

But that doesn’t mean we have to suffer alone.

Making and sharing our art engenders empathy for the human condition. It opens our hearts to others suffering. Helps us realize “If not for the grace of God, go I.”

Which then inspires our compassion. Gives us the courage and strength to reach out to another and let them know…”Hey, you’re not alone. I got you. Let’s walk this path of suffering together.”

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