Re: Lovingkindness - Sharon Salzberg
- Thanks for this, Antony, and the link, and taking the time to
I was happy to be reminded in the talk that when we do
brahmaviharas meditation we're nurturing an innate capacity that we
already have rather than trying to generate a connection to something
that is outside us. It's so empowering. I also like the way she
stresses having a lighthearted approach, and a spirit of adventure.
Yours in metta,
--- In Buddhaviharas@yahoogroups.com, "Antony Woods"
> Sharon Salzberg once said:life,
> "It's so tricky - what does it mean? If it doesn't mean a sentiment
> - I don't think it means an emotion - it doesn't mean a feeling
> I think what it really means is a er.. a worldview or a vision of
> that includes rather than excludes; that is open rather than closed;That our
> that is connected rather than disconnected. That's really the nature
> of lovingkindness - it's the way we see things."
> "...realizing our joy our sorrow it's all connected - all of us.
> lives are not lived so separate, so alone, so cut off - no matterabout
> how we might feel - that's not the truth of things. That we do
> live, we exist in a vast web of interconnectedness.
> So all of that is the practice of lovingkindness.
> It's not trying to make ourselves be something we're not and
> it's not trying to disguise very difficult feelings, very
> difficult situations and pretend that they're something else -
> but it's opening our view of life so that we can look at ourselves,
> look at others in that light of recognition - of connection and
> truthfulness - the truth of how interconnected we all are.
> Because of all that I think the practice can really be a lot of fun.
> If we define lovingkindness as an emotion then we tend to bludgeon
> ourselves for not feeling the right thing. But if we think of it
> as a vision of life then we're just continually opening - and we
> have problems we have difficulties we deal with them - it's all
> that kind of learning - learning the truth of things. So we canmode=click&clientID=174&referral=Hotmail_taglines_plain&URL=http://nin
> really have an easeful heart right from the beginning in doing the
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