Thought for the Day

When we are compassionate toward our suffering, the pleasures of kindness, connectedness, and mindfulness quickly become blended with our painful feelings. The resulting flavor can be surprisingly satisfying — a little like dark chocolate. Without any pain, the pleasure of life would be too sugary, without any depth or complexity. On the other hand, pain without pleasure would be too bitter, like unsweetened cocoa. But when pain and pleasure are combined, when both are embraced with an open heart, you start to feel whole, full, complete. So next time you’re having  a hard time, try remembering the words dark chocolate. It might just be the inspiration you need to wrap your bitter pain in the sweet, loving folds of compassion.” -Kristin Neff

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