“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching,
and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.
I have been bent and broken, but
Into a better shape.”
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
“There is the solitude of suffering,
when you go through darkness that is
lonely, intense, and terrible.
Words become powerless to express your pain;
what others hear from your words is
so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.”
~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
“We must look deeply in order to understand
the needs, aspirations, and suffering
of the person we love.
This is the ground of real love”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
*photo by W. Holcombe. Baby Opuntia (prickly pear) Cactus. Please do not use without permission.
I did things a little differently this week, the not all of the quotes would be considered “mindful”, but I felt they were more meaningful this week.