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40 Jack Kornfield Quotes On Forgiveness, Love, And Compassion

List Of 40 Jack Kornfield Quotes On Forgiveness, Love, And Compassion:

#1 “Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end, their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.”

#2 “Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.”

#3 “Every individual has a unique contribution.”

#4 “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

#5 “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

#6 “When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice.”

#7 “Since death will take us anyway, why live our life in fear? Why not die in our old ways and be free to live?”

#8 “Nirvana manifests as ease, as love, as connectedness, as generosity, as clarity, as unshakable freedom.”

#9 “Buddhist teachings are not a religion, they are a science of mind.”

#10 “Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”

#11 “When we struggle to change ourselves we, in fact, only continue the patterns of self-judgment and aggression.”

#12 “As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens, does not really matter.”

#13 “We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open.”

#14 ”When we do not follow the old habits of fantasy and escape, we are left facing the actual problems and contradictions of our life.”

#15 “As the Buddha said, “People with opinions just go around bothering one another.”

#16 “Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.”

#17 ”Refrain from killing: reverence for life. Undertake for one week to purposefully bring no harm in thought, word, or deed to any living creature. Particularly, become aware of any living beings in your world (people, animals, even plants) whom you ignore, and cultivate a sense of care and reverence for them too.”

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#18 “To meditate is to discover new possibilities, to awaken the capacities of us has to live more wisely, more lovingly, more compassionately, and more fully.”

#19 “Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring for them in a flexible and wise way. In meditation, we pay attention to our body with care and respect.”

#20 “The unawakened mind tends to make war against the way things are. To follow a path with heart, we must understand the whole process of making war within ourselves and without, how it begins and how it ends.”

#21 “There are many ways up the mountain and each of us must choose a practice that feels true to our heart.”

#22 “The words of the Buddha offer this truth: ∼ Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed.”

#23 “The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another”

#24 “The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to.”

#25 “We need energy, commitment, and courage not to run from our life nor to cover it over with any philosophy—material or spiritual.”

#26 “The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.”

#27 “In this world, hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is the ancient and eternal law.”

#28 “To bow to the fact of our life’s sorrows and betrayals is to accept them; and from this deep gesture, we discover that all life is workable. As we learn to bow, we discover that the heart holds more freedom and compassion than we could imagine.”

#29 “To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit.”

#30 “This life is only a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have received further instructions on where to go and what to do. Remember, this life is only a test.”

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#31 “The way I treat my body is not disconnected from the way I treat my family or the commitment I have to peace on our earth.”

#32 “Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.”

#33 “When we are lost in delusion, it’s hard to see even the most obvious truths.”

#34 “When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”

#35 “The willingness to empty ourselves and then seek our true nature is an expression of great and courageous love.”

#36 “You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming power of forgiveness and loving kindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible.”

#37 “We need a warrior’s heart that lets us face our lives directly, our pains and limitations, our joys and possibilities.”

#38 “The trouble is, you think you have time.”

#39 “Within the mystery of life there is the infinite darkness of the night sky lit by distant orbs of fire, the cobbled skin of an orange that releases its fragrance to our touch, the unfathomable depths of the eyes of our lover. No creation story, no religious system can fully describe or explain this richness and depth.”

#40 “In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”

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