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
A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir – a constant source of energy, determination, and kindness. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
Although the world’s religions may differ fundamentally from one other in their metaphysical views, when it comes to their teachings on the actual practice of ethics, there is great convergence. All the faith traditions emphasize a virtuous way of being, the purification of the mind from negative thoughts and impulses, the doing of good deeds, and living a meaningful life. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
I will have to say…Pema Chodron is one of my favorite writers on Buddhism. Read this article…and you will see why. 🙂
And remember…we all Practice…no matter how long we have been Buddhists or have been following another path….practice…:)
First, we conceive the “I” and grasp onto it.
Then we conceive the “mine” and cling to the material world.
Like water trapped on a waterwheel, we spin in circles, powerless.
I praise the compassion that embraces all beings.
This is a comment I posted to another group about sharing Metta with the Homeless….
“Metta is for all sentient beings whether they be weak or strong. It is also my belief that metta is for sentient beings with homes and those without homes. Metta to all and for all. Namaste.”
If I were to withhold Metta from ‘this’ person/group or ‘that’ person/group then do I truly have Metta for myself? No, I am them and they are me.
Being interdependent means when I give I receive….when I receive I give… thereby when I give to another sentient being, I receive from another sentient being.
Saying a homeless sentient being is worth less than a sentient being with a home…is not Metta.