Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Loving Kindness

Noticing your own suffering is a compassion practice (karuna). We cannot be compassionate to others without compassion for ourselves - certainly if we are not even aware of our own suffering or our need for compassion.

Compassion begins with self-care. As you become aware of subtle and ever present sufferings it is important to maintain a quality of loving kindness (metta) toward yourself.

May I be peaceful and happy,
May I be safe and protected,
May I be healthy and strong.

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