As we bring loving-kindness to bear on the full spectrum of experiences in our lives, that kindness meets all of our ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows. It is said that when our loving attention meets the sorrow and suffering of our lives, our hearts begin to quiver. This is the visceral expression of the experience of compassion- karuna in Pali. That I could cultivate and strengthen my ability to be compassionate by turning kindness toward difficulty was a revelation to me. Understanding how compassion and suffering are interdependent with each other was equally illuminating. The experience of compassion is intimately linked with the experience of suffering. The irony of our hearts is that we cannot have one without he other.
I wonder what it really means to live freely from the heart….
inquiry for today~ kindness comes easier when it’s not expected….what is intention anyway?
An aboriginal woman from Australia speaks from the sense of relatedness in a powerful way: “If you have come to help me, then you are wasting your time. But if you have come because our destiny is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Just as a bright sun causes ice cubes to melt, in the moments when we feel connected and kind, we create a warm environment that encourages others around us to relax and open up. Each time we widen the circle of caring- with a smile, a hug, a listening presence, a prayer- the ripples flow out endlessly. When we offer comfort to the person sitting by our side, our kindness spreads through the world. Whether offered inwardly or to others, the bodhisattva’s compassion is a gentle rain that touches, without bias, all of life.