For the rest of your life to be as meaningful as possible, engage in spiritual practice if you can. It is nothing more than acting out of concern for others. If you practice sincerely and with persistence, little by little, step by step you will gradually reorder your habits and attitudes so as to think less about your own narrow concerns and more about others and thereby find peace and happiness yourself. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
“When a strong feeling of anger arises in the mind, with such force that you want to fight and to destroy someone, is the angry thought holding a weapon in its hand? Could it lead and army? Might it burn anyone like fire, crush them like a stone, or carrying them away like a raging river? No. Anger, like any other thought or feeling, has no true existence.”
~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Lovingkindness—maitri—toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest. ~ Pema Chodron
An article in Tricycle has touched me today…..as the title says it is about letting go…..we seem to gravitate towards grasping…no, it is not our true nature but our conditioned one……let us read and …let go of our conditioning…and be free.
We hear this word from many different places and people. Yet when it comes giving compassion, for some of us, it is easier to give compassion to others than to ourselves.
Stop just this one moment. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Now, again, breathe in but this time breathe in the word, “Compassion” and then breathe out the word “Compassion”. Feel a white clear light enter your body with each ‘in-breath’. Feel a white clear light released with each ‘out-breath’.
When we allow ourselves to receive compassion we are saying we are worthy of love. Allow compassion to enter your life so that you may understand and return it to all beings.
~ Debra Saturday
We must see that when we feel anger, we are not reacting to the person who harmed us, but to that person’s hatred. Their hatred has blinded them. They were unable to stand up for themselves. They submitted completely to their anger. Even though they think they are doing something great, consider how stupid they have actually been. They have become total slaves of their hatred. Who is a better candidate for compassion than that? ~ Gelek Rimpoche