The Gift of Self Compassion By Lama Surya Das

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How to Go Beyond Mindfulness

These are not easy times. Nor should they be, necessarily. Yet, is this to be merely the winter of our discontent, or shall we gather our wits and best selves and strive together to do something meaningful and effective about it –with local (US) election cycles impending while environmental degradation threatens and fear of violence hounds us at home and abroad.

Life isn’t easy, as Buddha himself said way back then and still gently reminds us. I’m not sure it’s worse now than ever before, as some people like to say. In fact, I find it’s not that hard to notice the plenitude of miracles not to mention progress around us, visible to the discerning iye, and I’m grateful and even reverent before it and all to those who’ve worked hard to contribute to that. May we all join skilled hands and altruistic hearts in furthering that e-motion.

When people write me of their struggles to lead a more fulfilled life, I often see that many are very hard on themselves, prompting me to remind them to lighten up, enlighten up a little and give themselves a break. Self-compassion is an important part of cultivating lovingkindness and warm empathic compassion which feels what others are feeling and resonates with them.

When you learn to better love and accept yourself, the world follows suit; this is ancient, timeless wisdom. So much is subjective. But don’t take my word for it–check it out.

Most of us strive to do the best we can amidst life’s inevitable challenges, obstacles, and surprises. If you are in this seat, remember to pay homage to the Buddha sitting in your seat: please don’t overlook her!

American Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, spiritual heroes, truth-seekers and sojourners: Throw off your chains, your hang-ups and neurosis. Open those great big eyes, blue as an orange. Let’s occupy the best of spirit, and not leave it to the upper one per cent. Today is our day. This is our world.
Who’s ready?
With love & blessings,