Living with the Open Hands of Compassion

Posted on August 15, 2016

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“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way. This simple and profound intimacy is the love we all long for.” (Jack Kornfield)

”What every single human being longs for, at the deepest level, is to be seen for who they are.” (Sarita Chawla)

“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but ‘praying for one another,’ and helping one another up with a tender hand.” (Isaac Penington, 1616-1679, Quaker)

“We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” (Thomas Merton, 1915-68)

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”
(Peter Ustinov)
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