This week’s Dharma Digs episode is a short talk and meditation on Compassion. With all the heavy energies swirling around, it’s easy to feel discouraged, unmotivated and even depressed with the state of things. I’ve had my own mix of emotions, including anger and frustration after last week’s atrocities at the capitol.
I don’t fully understand why certain things happen or why some folks feel a certain way, but I also don’t believe holding onto anger will help solve any of the issues at hand. We’re all suffering, and I feel blessed in the sense that my suffering is minor in comparison to so many others.
How do we make room for self compassion during these times, while also channeling that compassion into energy, prayers and positive vibes to others - regardless of the actions they may choose?
Whether we’re considering the suffering of others, or analyzing our own feelings of depression thanks to the isolation and anxieties of the current pandemic and political climate, meditating on compassion this week has allowed me to feel more connected to the universe and a sense of peace amidst the chaos.
I end this week’s podcast with a short meditation, using the mantra Karuna (sanskrit for Compassion), in an attempt to transmit a wave of compassion out to each of you and all sentient beings. If you care to listen and partake in sitting for a few minutes in meditation, I’d love to hear your feedback in how it makes you feel.
I am also rolling out a group meditation practice in the coming weeks that will enable me to hone my teaching skills. If you’d like to join in, take the short survey linked in my bio and stay tuned for dates coming soon!
As always, sending out love, light and a bit of compassion as well this week!
Show Quote's discussed:
"According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from suffering. It's not passive — it's not empathy alone — but rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and lovingkindness. That is to say, one must understand the nature of the suffering from which we wish to free others (this is wisdom), and one must experience deep intimacy and empathy with other sentient beings (this is lovingkindness)." - Dalai Lama The Essence of the Heart Sutra
“The mind becomes serene by the cultivation of feelings of love for the happy, compassion for the suffering, delight for the virtuous, and equanimity for the non-virtuous.” - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
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