How keeping a resolutely loving heart is the ultimate self protection and has the potential for changing the world. Stories of people who coupled the practice of good will with working for social change -- Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Maha Ghosananda.
Bringing together the understandings of compassion and wisdom helps us to bring together the understandings of self and selflessness. We then begin to live from a bigger, more limitless heart and mind.
Is your meditation directed toward learning about who you are? What areas do you shy away from paying attention to yourself? Where are you self-protected? Do you feel the pain associated with those areas? Become increasingly aware of one of those areas and see what difference bare attention (caring attention) makes to that pain. Offer that area metta to ease the pain of looking. The pain will ease in direct proportion to your understanding of it, and understanding is achieved through direct observation.
We often compare where we are now to some ideal state and get caught in the painful habit of rejecting our experience. How do we transform this habit in order to come into connection with the truth of the way things are.
Relating to the gifts and challenges of the changing seasons of spiritual practice. This talk gives an overview of the continually changing terrain of practice-- the various seasons of the heart, which expose us to all sides of human experience. A question is then explored: where is progress on the path to be found if we keep cycling through the same seasons of the heart?