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 we think it is. So we go at it slowly, step-by-step. We do not beat ourselves up. That defeats the purpose of becoming happier and more loving with others and ourself. Forgiveness is key here. We must allow ourself to make mistakes, to not understand, and even become a bit frustrated. That is all o.k. In fact, it is essential as part of the process of learning, growing, and experiencing. Please do not expect that you can understand it all in one or two goes. It takes time, in fact a lifetime, or even several! The fact that we are engaging with such a precious text is cause for celebration! Roll out the drums; bring in the horns, and throw the confetti in the air!
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 […]
Forgiveness is the lynchpin that unlocks our heart. It allows energy to flow. Holding tightly to grudges and hurts blocks the flow of energy, leading to mental pain and physical pain. Tightly holding onto and […]