It all comes down to love. Unconditional love includes everyone by excluding no one. To love your enemy takes guts. It takes courage. It takes humility. Genuine humility arises through insight. Insight is seeing things as they are, not how we want them to be, not how our preconceived ideas think they are. This takes brutal honesty free of the eight worldly attitudes expressed in four pairs of opposites: reputation and disgrace; praise and blame; gain and loss; and pleasure and pain. Unconditional love is beyond these worldly concerns. It is closer to reality, accessed through insight.
During this pandemic that is destroying so many peoples’ lives, it is very important to take good care of ourselves. In order to practice compassion for others, we must first put our own house in […]
When we learn to love ourselves deeply with the same love a mother has for her child, we have a good foundation to spread unconditional love to others. Loving others more than ourselves is required. […]
The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warm-heartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest; it is as if we open an inner door. An […]