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.
Study, meditation, and practice are important, but we must put this in action. Engaged Buddhism is the most important. The Buddha after 35 years of “showing” (according to Mahayana tradition Shakyamuni Buddha was already enlightened […]
Many scientists now conclude compassion is our natural state, how we came into this world. Buddhists have believed this for millennia, and call it Buddha nature. It is the potential we all have, including mosquitos, […]