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The Human Experience

“I’m not sure which will kill me first – the beauty of this life or the sadness of it. There’s this feeling I sometimes come upon that’s one part joy, one part freedom, and one part peace. It’s like they all happen at once mingled together, and saturates every molecule of my being with bliss. But there’s also a sorrow that sometimes pierces and pounds my heart so deeply that it feels as though I might die from the sheer magnitude of the pain and ache of it.

There is a bliss that no amount of ache can steal away. And there’s an ache that no amount of bliss can rescue you from. Enlightenment doesn’t spare you from being human. You are supposed to be here. You are supposed to be human. This is the lived human experience. You are supposed to feel both the bliss and the ache.”

– Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) the Edge


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