I will not forget how Dr. Koop's conviction that responding to AIDS could be "dictated by scientific integrity and Christian compassion," gave one fellow surgeon hope for a future where others like him, suffering from this devastating disease, might not be left to do so alone.
We do need external teachers for a while to guide, teach and hone our understanding and skills. But, at some point, all a teacher can do is lead us inward. Like a big cosmic U-turn, the guru is ultimately only trying to lead us home.
Gratitude seems the most effective, healing state I've found in ten years of studious seeking. In a situation where we find ourselves complaining, the healing reaches into our hearts and everyone nearby.