Understanding that the pain in our life is an expression of universal suffering can open us to just being with it. Rather than treating it as a problem or a failure.

Whenever you are aware that you are suffering, if you offer yourself care- through attention, words, touch – compassion will naturally awaken.

‘Overcome any bitterness that may have come

because you were not up to the magnitude of the pain

that was entrusted to you

Like the Mother of the World,

Who carries the pain of the world in her heart,

Each one of us is part of her heart,

And therefore endowed

With a certain measure of cosmic pain.’

Sufi