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.
Please remember the brave people of Ukraine and help their struggle as much as you can. Donate to their humanitarian relief. These words from my heart are motivated by compassion, not politics. Compassion is the […]
Please remember the ‘8 Verses of Training the Mind (in compassion)’ is meant to be lifelong study and practice. The last verse is particularly tough all about the Buddhist wisdom of reality not being what […]
Based on a correct understanding of reality through knowing the two truths, we begin our journey along the path to enlightenment. Understanding conventional reality built around concepts and language, we practice compassion. This allows us […]