In understanding and compassion

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In understanding and compassion,
I bow down to reconcile myself
with all those who have made me suffer.
I open my heart and send forth my energy
of love and understanding to everyone
who has made me suffer, to those
who have destroyed much of my life
and the lives of those I love.
I know now that these people have themselves
undergone a lot of suffering and that their hearts
are overloaded with pain, anger, and hatred.
I pray that they can be transformed to experience
the joy of living, so that they will not continue
to make themselves and others suffer.
I see their suffering and do not want
to hold any feelings of hatred or anger
in myself toward them. I do not want them
to suffer. I channel my energy of love
and understanding to them and ask
all my ancestors to help them.

~Thich Nhat Hanh



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