1. 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