Befriend Who You Are

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

Put the mind at ease

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

Metta for the Homeless

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.

Namaste

The Swivet [Colleen Lindsay]: When compassion dies, we’re all lessened as human beings: why we need gay marriage now more than ever.

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]

Namaste,

Talon