Why is there so much suffering in the world? Is it possible to believe in goodness, when bullies and tyrants get their way, and those with gentle souls suffer the most? Why do we suffer? Is suffering is inevitable? Is it necessary for spiritual growth? What does it mean to ‘turn suffering into a song’?
How should we respond to suffering? Can we respond without wallowing in self-pity? Or can we turn it into a song? Can suffering be used for self-transformation?
Suffering can help us find what’s at the very root of our life. Or it can be debilitating, destructive, impossible to endure. In this meeting we will explore several insights about suffering (from Abraham Heschel, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Buddhism). Then, we will engage in Practice (Visionary meditation), to see the place of suffering in our own life. Finally, we will see how we can use suffering for self-transformation.
"There are three ways to respond to grief. You can cry, you can be silent, or you can turn your sorrow into a song."Abraham Heschel