Spiraling down into the dumps doesn’t help anyone. Let’s try to avoid it. Remembering gratitude for being alive, our teachers, the teachings of the Buddha, good friends, etc. helps. Also thinking of others who might be spiraling down, and wishing them happiness also helps our situation – the two-way street of compassion. Preventing the blahs also helps. Taking our focus away from number one lightens our load. Love and compassion are like magic elixirs. Emaho!
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 […]
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 […]