Ending The Cycle of Suffering

I just read a saying that perhaps not all that long ago I might have laughed at and agreed with, but now just saddens me:

“KARMA: No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you’re lucky God and/or Goddess will let you watch.”

I believe that those who hurt me or others are already suffering. May their suffering soon end, and may I be able to forgive them rather than hope they be punished, for until their suffering ends, it is unlikely that they will stop hurting themselves and others.

May I be wise and loving enough to do my part to help end the cycle of suffering.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Ending The Cycle of Suffering

  1. mindfuldiary says:

    These are some wise wise reflections. I totally agree. The reason they hurt anybody on first place is the lack of love, so as soon as we realise that we forgive and are able to love. Then they too will be able to stop hurting other, at some point. Thanks so much for this reminder!

  2. I find that very sad and troubling too Russ. The reason people frequently hurt others is because they themselves are hurting. And they lash out because they are suffering, and they want it to stop. I think these people deserve our sympathy, not our judgement.

  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I could not agree more, Russ.

  4. bulldogsturf says:

    Russ to forgive and forget is a healing for yourself… let those that hurt solve their own problems… I don’t want revenge or to watch… but to have a forgiving mind is so much better for your own health…

    • russtowne says:

      I agree that forgiving is a form of self-healing and to have a forgiving mind is good for our health. I have also sometimes reached out to those who have done unkind things to me, and sometimes some very good results have come from it for both myself and the other party. Thank you for your comment, Rob. It is always good to hear from you.

  5. kristc99 says:

    I don’t think that’s how Karma works either. But, if someone behaves badly I try to think about how difficult it must be to not know how to behave differently, to have to live with that much negativity within, or something along those lines appropriate to the situation. It’s going to take some more lifetimes of work but sometimes this helps a bit. Then there is the thought – how can I improve my patience without people to test me? So, this person is actually helping me. Thanks for this post, and for reminding me how I should be looking at things!

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