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Dec
09

spacious enough to contain painful parts, and not trying to pretend things are other than they are


the following quote was sent to me thru Tricycle today and it made an impression:
The practice of lovingkindness is, at a certain level, the fruition of all we work toward in our meditation.  It relies on our ability to open continuously to the truth of our actual experience, not cutting off the painful parts, and not trying to pretend things are other than they are.  Just as spiritual growth grinds to a halt when we indulge our tendency to grasp and cling, metta can’t thrive in an environment that is bound to desire or to getting our expectations met.

In lovingkindness, our minds are open and expansive—spacious enough to contain all the pleasures and pains of a life fully lived.  Pain, in this context, does’t feel like betrayal or an overwhelming force.  It is part of the reality of human experience, and an opportunity for us to practice maintaining our authentic presence.

– Sharon Salzberg

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1 Response to “spacious enough to contain painful parts, and not trying to pretend things are other than they are”


  1. December 30, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Pain is part of the reality of human experience, and thus, an opportunity for us to grow and evolve.

    A good reminder. Love this.

    Thanks, John 🙂


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