Observing someone’s suffering

I am using the verb ‘observing,’ dear Ones, as it is vitally important to understand where one—including ourselves—is coming from. Awareness is key. Without pure awareness, liberation is not attainable.

Yet it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything about this other’s suffering. Observing for the sake of observing is usually not a compassionate attitude.

The suffering I am focusing on is mental suffering; not physical. It can be construed as psychological as well, depending on the circumstances.

The additional layer in this theme is that the person is suffering unconsciously.

Let me share a brief story that was reported to the Dalai Lama a few years ago. A person came to see him and told him that a man had been beating up a dog with a stick and that the dog experienced excruciating pain. The person felt very sorry for the dog.

Upon hearing the person’s account, the Dalai Lama offered the following question:

“Who do you think is suffering most?”

Often, we do not realize that the perpetrator, under the guise of a violent action or reaction—or even perhaps the lack of an appropriate, expected reaction—, is the one suffering as well; and perhaps the most.

In this regard, the other type of suffering that came to mind is lack of appreciation; or someone’s inability to express gratitude.

Does the person suffer from some type of a blocked ‘spiritual artery,’ a block akin to resentment?

And what would be the cause? Does it lie in a current existence or is it buried in some sort of a foggy, unconscious memory going way back?

The reason I am sharing these various points and questions is because we shouldn’t jump to hasty conclusion when witnessing something that looks or sounds detrimental to someone.

As a final note, let’s keep in mind that our Love & Light can do a lot of good.

And can heal a ton!

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About new desert

Nurturing the Gift of Seeking is about a spiritual "destination," a journey within, a new beginning, that eventually takes us where we are meant to arrive. Some call it Home, yet I am not sure what Home means, and where it is. Enjoy the journey, dear Ones! On this journey, what matters, first and foremost, is our seeking spirit. And the seed of perseverance--or faith, if you will. Happy journey, dear fellow Sisters and Brothers!
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