The important mindfulness practice of cultivating understanding means first of all understanding suffering: the suffering inside us and the suffering of others. A human being without understanding is a human being without compassion, utterly alone, cut off, and isolated. To connect with others, however, we first have to be willing to look deeply into ourselves.
- Thích Nhất Hạnh
Excerpted from No Mud, No Lotus:
The Art of Transforming Suffering