The Soft Spot

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From Pema Chodron’s The Places that Scare You: [The] “bodhichitta is capable of transforming the hardest of hearts and the most prejudiced of minds. Chitta means ‘mind’ and also ‘heart’. Bodhi means ‘awake,’ ‘enlighten,’ or ‘completely open.’ Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love….Bodhichitta is also equated, in part, with compassion – our ability to feel the pain that we share with others. Without realizing it we continually shield ourselves from this pain because it scares us. We put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are build on the deep fear of being hurt.   These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy, arrogance and pride. But fortunately for us, the soft spot –our innate ability to love and to care about things – is like a crack in the walls we erect….With practice we can learn to find this opening.”

Roger

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