COMPASSION TAKES COURAGE
Just as nurturing our ability to love is a way of awakening bodhichitta, so also is nurturing our ability to feel compassion. Compassion, however, is more emotionally challenging than loving-kindness because it involves the willingness to feel pain. It definitely requires the training of a warrior.
When we practice generating compassion, we can expect to experience our fear of pain. Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us. The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion, to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance.” —Pema Chodron
Here’s an idea I really needed to share with you because it’s such a rich one: It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking versus think your way into a new way of acting.
Pretty powerful concept, yes?
Breakthrough research is confirming that your daily behavior is a VERY influential tool to rewire your beliefs. The old “act as if” instruction is now being supported by science.
Few things are as important as creating “world-class beliefs”. Your beliefs drive ALL of your performance, fuel your choices and determine your life.
Please remember that the doorway to success doesn’t swing outward – it swings inward.
In other words when you invest in your inner life (growing better beliefs, strengthening your mindset, developing your internal toughness etc.), your outer life cannot help but follow…” —Robin Sharma
Around the sleeves
of my ink-black robe
the scent of plum blossoms
sets me this night
to preparing my heart.