Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
Why can we easily sympathize with others but remain closed when our own suffering comes to the surface? Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that our sorrows and joys are one, therefore we can open our awareness to both with equal effort.
Today’s Daily Dose shared by Author and Spiritual Teacher Tara Brach is part story and part poetry. Tara tells us of an experience she had teaching meditation in a prison setting. Tara shared Thich Nhat Hanh’s poem titled, Please Call Me by My True Name, which resonated with one of the most closed and hardened inmates. The awareness of suffering encouraged in the poem assisted the inmate to recognize the root of her hardened heart. Please spend a few moments with Tara’s story and Thich Nhat Hanh’s wonderful poem. You may emerge with a deeper awareness of your own humanity.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist. He lives in Plum Village, a meditation center which he founded in Southern France in 1982. Thich Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Every year Plum Village hosts a summer retreat, which has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Learn more about his dedicated work and wonderful Buddhists writings here.
Enjoy the great work of Tara Brach and Thich Nhat Hanh today.
And remember, Stay Wise.