Intro to Mindfulness Course
Session Five Resources
In Asian languages, the word for "mind" and the word for "heart" are the same. So, if you're not hearing Mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention
Sharon Salzerg 🔹
Working with Difficult People
All beings are deserving of care, of well-being, and of the gift of lovingkindness. In developing Metta, we put aside the unpleasant traits of such a being and try instead to get in touch with the part of them deserves to be loved."
Metta, or Lovingkindness
This kind of love has many qualities that distinguish it from other more usual experiences of love mixed with a desire or attachment. Born of great generosity, Metta is caring and kindness that does not seek self-benefit. It doesn't look for anything in return or by way of exhange: "Iwill love you if you love me," or "I will love you if you behave in a certain way". Because lovingkindness is never associated with anything harmful, it always arises from a purity of heart. Lovingkindness is love without conditions.
Rainer Maria Rilke 🔹
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something that needs our love.