Tag Archives: human suffering

MOAS & Refugee Blues

  Watching events unfold with horror… And also watching with horror some of the mainstream media and political response. Here is an initiative by one group, who were not willing to stand by. And a poem. ‘Say this city has … Continue reading

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Anne Lamott on what we actually need to hear….

Well said. Often people come to this service who have been offered these pieces of advice or would-be comforting perceptions. They’ve heard them at home, from colleagues, on ‘inspirational’ sites, from a religious perspective, from therapists… this stuff pops up … Continue reading

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Late Ripeness – Czeslaw Milosz (trans: Robert Hass)

‘Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their sorrow. … Continue reading

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Michael Eigen on contact and suffering

‘Psychoanalysis often says that increased capacity for contact involves increased ability to undergo suffering. A person works towards sustaining intense psychic pressures. For example, Winnicott writes, ‘probably the greatest suffering in the human world is the suffering of the normal … Continue reading

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