In Jack Kornfield’s book - ‘The Wise Heart - A guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology’, explain the second principle of Buddhist psychology:
Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things
He says, “We can touch into this compassion whenever the mind is quiet, whenever we allow the heart to open.”
Compassion is the key to how we connect with ourselves and with others.
If each of us can remember that we are all struggling, in one way or another, then that is a start to connecting to compassion.
Compassion also reminds us to stay connected with one another.
In an article from Smiling Mind, ‘The importance of compassion right now’ the author writes - “Cultivating compassion – for ourselves and for others – is more important than ever right now. It has been suggested that the world would be very different if all of us felt ‘global compassion’, which means widening our sphere of concern beyond those who are familiar to strangers.”
Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times bestselling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. Sharon explains how a lovingkindness meditation can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us.
This practice of lovingkindness is revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others.
She draws upon simple Buddhist teachings, wisdom stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices, and her own experience from twenty-five years of practice and teaching to illustrate how each one of us can cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
Take some time today, rest quietly, reflect on compassion for yourself and for the world. It will simply lift your mood.
Take care dear one.
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