Learning how to smooth out the bumps in our lives is crucial for a happy life. Much of the time “bumps” have both an external and internal component. We often make things worse through our lack of patience, our strong clinging and attachment, or our aversion like anger and jealousy. Working to reduce these helps to smooth out the “bumps.” Going deeper, we ask ourselves, who is this ‘I” who is angry, attached, or jealous? When we try to investigate and search for this ‘I’ we have trouble clearly identifying it and trouble precisely pinpointing it. This brings a deeper relaxation and easier relationship with the “bumps,” hence smoothing them out further.
How do we practice compassion? The six perfections (Sanskrit paramitas) are instructions for practicing compassion. Generosity has various methods, like giving money, shelter and food, giving time, giving kindness, listening non-judgmentally, giving love, and giving […]
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, […]