“Thy Will Be Done” – Leonard Cohen On Suffering & Grief #9

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The evidence accumulates that ours is not an entirely happy undertaking. The amount of suffering that one sees and hears about is shattering. But the only comfort in the matter is Thy Will Be Done. To whatever degree you want to establish that as a principle in your life: The notion that it’s unfolding according to a mechanism that you can’t possibly penetrate. Acceptance. Or surrender.quotedown2

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State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Accessed 09 June 2014 at Ten New Songs

Leonard Cohen On Suffering & Grief #8: Songs, Suffering, & Tofu

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I think, like tofu, the song takes on the flavour of the emotional gravy of what you sense. If one needs one’s own suffering to be addressed, I think you can find that component in a song.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen sings the blues. Hürriyet Daily News: January 28, 2012

Leonard Cohen On Suffering & Grief #7: Love, Surrendering The Self, & Suffering

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Whenever you really walk into [love], which only happens now and then – well it happens with your kids, it happens with your parents, it happens with your mate. If you ever surrender the self – if you ever let the self die for a moment, then of course you’re going to experience suffering.quotedown2

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How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Retrieved from LeonardCohenFiles

Note: Originally posted Dec 3, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Identifies Source Of Suffering “This inability to confront the notion that we are not in paradise”


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The central myth of our culture is the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This is not paradise… From time to time men and institutions arise that promise to return you to paradise. The Communist party, the Fascist party, this church, that church, this vision, that philosophy… They invite you to go back to paradise. Whenever you hear that, you should duck. You should run in all directions from this. … This is one of the sources of our suffering – this inability to confront the notion that we are not in paradise.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (1992)

Leonard Cohen On The “Difference Between Life And Art”

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A cry of pain in itself is just that. It can affect you or you can turn away from it. But a piece of work that treats the experience that produced the cry of pain is a different matter altogether. The cry is transformed, alchemised, by the work by a certain objectivity which doesn’t surrender the emotion but gives it form. That’s the difference between life and art.quotedown2

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Suffering For Fan And Profit – The Return Of Leonard Cohen by Mick Brown. Sounds: July 3 1976, Accessed 26 April 2014 at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo of Leonard Cohen taken by Martin Colyer backstage at the May 23, 1976 Portsmouth concert.

Note: Compare with “In [The Energy Of Slaves] I say that I’m in pain. I don’t say it in those words because I don’t like those words. They don’t represent the real situation.” Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen On Suffering & Grief #4: Suffering As Feeling “Totally Separate From Everything Around You.”

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There are all kinds of distances. There’s distance which is needed for perspective but there’s also a sinister distance in which you feel totally separate from everything around you. That’s the same as suffering.quotedown2

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From Hallelujah For Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Posted 22 March 2011 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).