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    On Apr 23, 2018 david doane wrote:

     We are constantly interconnected with all that is, so we are constantly affected by and affecting all that is, living and not living, human and not human.  Life provides pain.  Pain is part of life, and we are constantly affecting and affected by pain.  We provide suffering.  Suffering is how we carry and deal with pain.  Experiencing the sensory arising can be suffering of pain, be it endogenous or exogenous, in a way that doesn't add to or create unnecessary pain.  We are individual and one -- not one, not two, one and two.  It is important to know what is my responsibility and what is not, as the serenity prayer points out so well.  Knowing that is a valuable part of my spirituality and doesn't detract from it. 

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