Compassion and Wisdom
- "Life's work is to wake up, to let the things that enter into the
circle wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do
this is to open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for
everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it
teach you what it will. It's going to stick around until you learn
your lesson, at any rate. You can leave your marriage, you can quit
your job, you can only go where people are going to praise you, you
manipulate your world until you're blue in the face to try to make it
always smooth, but the same old demons will always come up until
finally you have learned your lesson, the lesson they came to teach
you. Then those same demons will appear as friendly, warmhearted
companions on the path."
~ Pema Chodron, "The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of
Lovingkindness" Shambhala Publications, 1991
May this be of benefit.