Suffering and Compassion


We all suffer

This is the first noble truth so we must recognize and accept the reality

the truth of our personal suffering

and then

we can understand the worlds

That’s when the homeless man on the street

becomes your brother

We recognize our own suffering

and we recognize the suffering of others

It’s in this first of the four noble truths

that we find true liberation

through the recognition itself

realizing the truth of it within and then understanding it without

I understand your suffering because I understand my own

Now I can feel compassion for us both

This self-realization enables us to let go

and letting go Is what meditation is all about

Letting go is the hardest thing in this world

It’s not an easy task

To let go takes a divine courage

But once you start you just can’t stop

It becomes for you the easiest thing in this world

It becomes the path of suffering and compassion

that leads everyone to true love

About the author: Donald Francis is a meditation teacher and freelance writer. Incorporates art, music, poetry and literature into his teaching and makes meditation interesting and relevant to everyone. He lives in London, England.

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