Being alone with our minds for over a year has driven us crazy, unless we are monastics. We are not used to it. Yet, Covid isolation can catalyze awareness, no longer being pulled by our habitual reactivity. With an aware and rested mind, we can set our intention of compassion. Step by step it can motivate us day and night. Practice feeling kindness and compassion towards a loved one feeling the experience in your body, and around your heart. Get used to this. Then shift the focus towards yourself, bringing the same bodily experience of compassion, now towards yourself, practicing self-compassion. Get used to this. Then expand compassion towards humanity. Get used to this. Then further expand compassion to all living beings, recognizing we are all the same in wanting to be happy and not to hurt.
Generosity is a means of opening our heart, as well as helping another. It is the first of the 6 paramitas, or 6 perfections, to cultivate compassion and wisdom. They are: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, […]
Forgiveness is powerful medicine
Forgiveness is powerful medicine. It is a healthy lifestyle worth living on par with healthy food, exercise, yoga, compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation. Forgiveness opens our heart both to ourself and to others. It brings […]
2018 Nov. 25 Shantideva “A Guide to The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”
Nov. 25, 2018 Shantideva “A Guide to The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” Shantideva “A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life” is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts regarding compassion. Dr. Barry Kerzin […]