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From Pema Chodron’s The Places and Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times: “One form of loving-kindness practice has just these three steps: “May I enjoy happiness and its causes. May you enjoy happiness and its causes. May all beings everywhere be happy.” At the end of the loving-kindness practice, we drop all the words, all the wishes, and simply come back to the nonconceptual simplicity of sitting meditation. The main point of doing this practice is to uncover the ability to love without bias. Making the aspirations is like watering the seed of goodwill so it can begin to grow. In the course of doing this we’ll become acquainted with our barriers—numbness, inadequacy, skepticism, resentment, righteous indignation, pride, and all the others. As we continue to do this practice, we make friends with our fears, our grasping, and our aversion. Unconditional good heart toward others is not even a possibility unless we attend to our own demons. Everything we encounter thus becomes an opportunity for practicing loving-kindness.”

Roger

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