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Hello friends,

 

All of us are drawn to meditation for the same reason, we want something to be better. That something may be ourselves, our loved ones, the people we know, the animals we share this life with, the Earth, the cosmos. Likely, we want everything to somehow be better. And I think we all want to be happy. We really want to feel good all the time. And why not? 

 

Actually, I think this desire for happiness is part of our basic goodness. This yearning for the world to be a better place can be rather wholesome. I truly want every living being to be happy because if we were, we would act in ways that were sustainable and life promoting. Do you really want those who have hurt you to suffer? Deep inside, you know that means they will just go on hurting themselves and other innocent beings. Do you really want that? Not really? You may think you do, but it’s only because you may not have thought deeply enough. Contemplate for a moment the idea of every being, all of life, trees, oceans, rivers, fields, animals, people, everything, absolutely everything being happy, really happy, full of lasting peace and joy. No more fear, judment, anger, hurt, death, nothing. Just bliss. Is this the reality you want? Of course. 

 

Oh but wait. There’s a problem. There’s this glaring reality of suffering. Suffering is in you. It’s in me. It’s everywhere. We are all going to age. We are all going to get sick. We are all going to die. We are all going to be separated from those we love. Wow! Awesome. Sometimes, often, when we get into all this suffering I just want to start cursing and throwing a full blown tantrum about this earthly reality.

 

However, there is comfort in knowing that we are all in this together: One big, seven billion person sangha of suffering. And that number is not even close to the bigger suffering of our other relatives, the trees, plants, insects, animals, rivers, oceans and lakes. 

 

So to the best we are able, let’s believe together that there is a path out of suffering. We don’t have to believe it completely, not sure we can. But we can try together. And if we are going to try together, let’s focus on what we can all agree on: More kindness and more compassion are good. Yes, I think we can agree that we want more of these qualities, and these qualities can be developed. Do a search on The Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley and you will find study after study that shows kindness and compassion can be developed. Our crusty, curmudgeonly, judgmental brains can actually change throughout our entire lives and we can become more loving. And even better news, it’s not that hard. 

 

In this week's podcast, we will practice compassion together. There is no one right way to practice compassion, but I’m going to show you the way I do it. And this way is pretty close to the classical way some of the great masters have done it. You may find a way that works better for you. If you do, please let me know. I love hearing from you. 

 

It’s meditation time! 

 
-Rick Breden, CEO
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