Last night I read a beautiful piece by Thich Nhat Hanh in his book, “Peace is Every Step”. Reflecting on the past as he sat at the dawn of the 21st century, he spoke of the pain and suffering so present in the world. Even though we have it, and it is true, how could we cultivate it for richness in the future?

Here is a good summary of his thought:

We should not be afraid of the garbage in us if we know how to transform it back into joy, into peace. 

Just as compost takes garbage and turns it into nutrients, so too can we take suffering, honor it, and allow ourselves to find ways to let it transform.

For more of this wonderful monk’s wisdom, read another of his books, Being Peace, online.


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