“Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but, first of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness.”
‘Contemplation in a World of Action’
” Our enemy is not the other person, no matter what he or she has done. If we look deeply into ourselves, we can see that their act was a manifestation of our collective consciousness. We are all filled with violence, hatred and fear, so why blame someone whose upbringing was without love or understanding?”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“We dance round in a ring and suppose
But the secret sits in the middle , and knows.”
Because Peace Love Empathy (understanding) are much of what make life livable and worth the effort.
Maybe that’s the secret…