Friday, 25 May 2018

THINK ABOUT IT #37: Thich Nhat Hanh

If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable.  But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash and drink.  The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace and transform.  When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer.  We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change.  But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore.  We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others.  We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform.

How To Love (2014)

Click HERE to read the full 2015 article about Vietnamese monk and peace activist THICH NHAT HANH posted on the excellent Brain Pickings website maintained by MARIA POPOVA.

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