13 great quotes from the book Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr 

by Mark Votava

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1. Breaking through to enlightenment and compassion

“I cannot pretend to understand God, but this is what I see: People who have moved from seeming success to seeming success seldom understand success at all, except a very limited version of their own.  People who fail to do it right, by their own definition of right, are those who often break through to enlightenment and compassion…”

2. Overcome all temptations to resentment

“Only hour by hour gratitude is strong enough to overcome all temptations to resentment.”

3. Intentional struggles

“People only come to deeper consciousness by intentional struggles with contradictions, conflicts, inconsistencies, inner confusions…”

4. People who can be up front and honest

“People who are more transparent and admitting of their blind spots and personality flaws are actually quite easy to love and be with.  None of us need or expect perfect people around us, but we do want people who can be up front and honest about their mistakes and limitations, and hopefully grow from them.”

5. The totally rational or dualistic mind invariably misses the point 

“Almost all true spirituality has a paradoxical character to it, which is why the totally rational or dualistic mind invariably misses the point, and just calls things it does not understand wrong, heresy, or stupid…”

6. How we situate ourselves in this world

“The longer I live the more I believe that truth is not an abstraction or an idea that can be put into formulas or mere words.  Our real truth has to do with how we situate ourselves in this world…”

7. Wisdom and respect for the other

“To offer an apology in a way that can actually heal the other takes wisdom and respect for the other…”

8. To be fully conscious

“To be fully conscious would be to love everything on some level and in some way – even our mistakes.  To love is to fall into full consciousness, which is contemplative, non-dualistic, and including everything…”

9. Inside our explanations, our preferences, and even our theologies

“We all seem to bind up both God and one another inside our explanations, our preferences, and even our theologies…”

10. The necessary beginning of any spiritual path

“Addiction is a spiritual disease, a disease of the soul, an illness resulting from longing, frustrated desire, and deep dissatisfaction – which is ironically the necessary beginning of any spiritual path.”

11. In human suffering with us and for us

“Many of the happiest and most peaceful people I know love a God who walks with crucified people…  For them, Jesus is not observing human suffering from a distance but is somehow in human suffering with us and for us…”

12. Formed much more by shared pain

“Deep communion and dear compassion is formed much more by shared pain than by shared pleasure…”

13. To fully participate at the very foundation of Being itself

“To mourn for one is to mourn for all.  To mourn with all is to fully participate at the very foundation of Being itself.  For some reason, which I have yet to understand, beauty hurts.  Suffering opens the channel through which all of Life flows and by which all creation breathes, and I still do not know why.  Yet it is somehow beautiful, even if it is a sad and tragic beauty.”

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