Sunday Reflections — Overcoming sorrow

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This week, Sunday Reflections brings you select quotes on overcoming sorrow:

“Sadness does not inhere in things…It is a product of our own thought.” ~ Emile Durkheim

“We are born into a realm of constant change…Our tendency to get attached to impermanent experiences causes sorrow… Our lack of acceptance and understanding of this fact makes life unsatisfactory.” ~ Noah Levine

“Desire grows in you like a vine in the forest. Like a monkey in the forest, you jump from tree to tree, never finding the fruit — From life to life, never finding peace. If you are filled with desire, your sorrows swell like the grass after the rain. But if you subdue desire, your sorrows shall fall from you like drops of water from a lotus flower.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.” ~ Rumi

“Never have anything to do with likes and dislikes. The absence of what one likes is painful, as is the presence of what one dislikes. Therefore don’t take a liking to anything. To lose what one likes is hard, but there are no bonds for those who have no likes and dislikes. From preference arises sorrow, from preference arises fear, but he who is freed from preference has no sorrow and certainly no fear.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“Trying to maintain a pleasant state and avoid an unpleasant state is actually the cause of sorrow. When you stop resisting, you see that what seems frightening is actually the absolute beauty of reality. When you see that everything is a momentary display of reality, then you stop resisting it. Resistance hurts, only every single time.” ~ Adyashanti

“Many of us may have watched the waves at sea. They rise, then fall, then rise again, then fall again… and this cycle continues endlessly. It is the same with our experience of the world and its objects and relationships. We may find happiness, but this happiness will soon turn to sorrow. The sorrow that we feel will subsequently turn back to happiness but this oscillation continues endlessly. In order to maintain inner balance, we need to find peace within instead of depending on the external world.” ~ Mata Amritanandamayi