how to be with this pain

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Healing yourself is connected with healing others.   ~Yoko Ono

when you are capable of lifting yourself out of sorrow, and then understanding that sorrow is really about accepting, not lifting…….

inquiry for today~   the insight of acceptance is found right where you are……

breakthroughs

For Freud, as for Darwin, there is not just the right amount of suffering in any conventionally moral sense of right: for who could ever condone suffering? But there is a necessary amount. Our instincts, at once the source of our suffering and of our satisfaction, ensure the survival of the species and the death of the individual.

The amount of suffering in the world is not something added on; it is integral to the world, of a piece with our life in nature. This is one of the things that Freud and Darwin take for granted. But it is one thing not to believe in redemption — in saving graces, or supernatural solutions — and quite another not to believe in justice. So the question that haunts their writing is: how does one take justice seriously if one takes nature seriously?

~Adam Phillips

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