Thich Nhat Hanh on lovingkindness
- "Love is the most beautiful thing in this life. And love helps us to
have an open mind and to understand better. Love is the most
beautiful gift. Our mindfulness is like a mirror. The mirror reflects
our body and our mind. In the early morning when you wake up, you
look at the mirror and you see your body, and you smile so that your
face looks more relaxed. The most beautiful thing of life is love,
and an open mind, large view. Try to be open, to listen and to
understand more deeply. Those are the most beautiful things of life:
understanding, an open mind, to listen and to understand more deeply.
We look at things with an open mind, with attention and with a
compassionate view. So I advise you in the early morning when you
wake up to look in the mirror and smile. Smile to your face, smile to
life. And also learn to love yourself and love people around you with
an open mind, with deep listening and deep understanding. So you look
at somebody with forgiveness, with inclusiveness, but not in
observation and discrimination. Look like a mother looks on her
fragile little baby."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, uncopyrighted transcribed lecture on the Metta
Sutta. (If interested these free transcribed lectures can be found
at http\\plumvillage.org - follow the links from the homepage.)
May this be of benefit.