The power of the compassionate heart, of genuine compassion, to transform the pain we encounter is extraordinary. The fearlessness of compassion leads us directly into the conflict and suffering of life. Fearless compassion recognizes the inevitable suffering in life and our need to face the suffering in order to learn. The ground for compassion is established first by practicing sensitivity toward ourselves. Compassion for ourselves gives rise to the power to transform resentment into forgiveness, hatred into friendliness, and fear into respect for all beings.
‘Breathe softly and feel your body, your heartbeat,
the life-force within you. Let the fire of your heart burn gently in your chest. As you breathe, begin to envision your heart as a purifying fire that can receive the pains of the world and transform them into the light and warmth of compassion.
With every gentle in-breath, over and over,
let the sorrows of every form of life touch your heart.
With every outbreath, over and over,
extend the mercy and healing of compassion.’
when we sit quietly with our resentments and our little grievances, we soon begin to understand the pain of the world…..we are locked in a small heart and there is only a cold, shallow breath…..may we open the side gate of self-love, coming in from the other side…..
If the purpose of life is to ‘feel the rapture of being alive,’ and if our capacity to feel is crippled by old wounds and a lack of emotional education, then it follows that an important part of the spiritual path is to heal the heart and to become emotionally intelligent. As we work on opening the heart, we will confront, over and over, our fearful habit of closing to pain. The price for staying heart blind is a life unlived. The Dalai Lama has gone as far as saying that ‘the tendency to avoid problems and the emotional suffering inherent in them is the primary basis of all human mental illness.’ Heartfulness work is the cessation of avoidance. Jung said, ‘What is not brought to consciousness, comes to us as fate,’ and nowhere is this more true than in the realm of the heart…..Elizabeth Lesser
Perfect love casts out fear.