WHEN THE SELF IS OK, THE WORLD IS OK…

April 16th, 2013

We can very well make friends with our suffering as part of our effort to transform it. If we recognize it and call it by its true name, then we can make peace with it and not suffer as much. When we see the pain in the world caused by all the suffering, we want to help the world suffer less. But we begin with ourselves. We have to produce peace in ourselves and reduce the suffering in ourselves first, because we represent the world. Peace, love and happiness begin with ourselves. The suffering we see out in the world is reflected in the suffering, fear and anger inside. So when we take care of ourselves, we are taking the first step toward taking care of the world. p. 27

From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Found in my electronic chapbook.

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