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
“So you see, all the qualities of enlightenment are right here with us. We don’t need to look anywhere outside of the present moment.”
~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, a scholar and true yogi of the Great Perfection as told to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
May all beings be happy.
May they live in safety and joy.
All living beings,
Whether weak or strong,
Tall, stout, average, or short,
Seen or unseen, near or distant,
Born or to be born,
May they all be happy.
~ From the Metta Sutta, Sutta Nipata I.8
Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir – a constant source of energy, determination, and kindness. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
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.
I am passing Colleen’s blog post on… so you can be aware, be compassionate, be kind, be mindful of how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.
It is not okay to treat beings in a ‘less than’ way. To do so is to deny our Supreme Being in what ever we perceive her/him/them.
Read her post….read the essay….and do as your Heart requires. The Swivet [Collen Lindsey]