If you cannot see the way to peace, joy, or understanding…

Fragrant Palm Leaves by Thich Nhat Hanh“If a cruel and violent person disembowels you, you can smile and look at him with love.  It is his upbringing, his situation, and his ignorance that cause him to act so mindlessly.  Look at him – the one this is bent on your destruction and heaps injustice upon you – with eyes of love and compassion.  Let compassion pour from your eyes and don’t let a ripple of blame or anger rise up in your heart.  He commits senseless crimes against you and makes you suffer because he cannot see the way to peace, joy, or understanding.”

Thich Nhat Hanh – Fragrant Palm Leaves

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