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Metta Monday: Compassion

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“If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What do you see when you look into the eyes of your “enemy?” You can never really know what pain people are walking around with, but I think we can rest assured that there’s a lot of it. Everyone suffers; it’s the first of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism.  Just as we have been caught in suffering, so have our fellows. When you feel resentful against someone who’s done you wrong, just remember: they too are doing the best that they can.  And keep them in your prayers – whatever your prayers look like.  I like to use these words of Metta, a loving-kindness meditation:

May you be happy.
May you be peaceful.
May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May you awaken to your true Buddha Nature.

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This entry was posted on January 21, 2013 by in Compassion, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Metta Monday, Prayer, Spiritual Practice, Suffering and tagged .

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