For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. —2 Timothy 4:3 (New Living Translation)
Suffering does not solve any problems mechanically as much as it reveals the constant problem that we are to ourselves, and opens up new spaces within us for learning and loving. —Richard Rohr, Falling Upward
It is so basic in us to feel that things should go well for us, and that if we start to feel depressed, lonely, or inadequate, there’s been some kind of mistake or we’ve lost it. In reality, when you feel depressed, lonely, betrayed, or any unwanted feelings, this is an important moment on the spiritual path. This is when real transformation can take place.
—Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chodron, shambhala pocket classics, Boston MA, 2008, p. 12