Suffering
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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 suffering into a song? Can suffering be used for self-transformation?
Suffering can be debilitating, destructive, impossible to endure. Or it can help us find what’s at the very root of our life.
 
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When there is no escape from the movement of sorrow, then love is
 
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We'll take a look at several insights about suffering. Then we will explore the place of suffering in our own life. Finally, we will think about how we can use suffering for self-transformation and social action.
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"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
 

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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’?
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