A New Way of Being

Tomorrow night we will finish up our work around Dr. Jinpa’s book A Fearless Heart.  There are three remaining chapters but rather than go through each individually, I like to just explore Gandhi’s quote at the beginning of chapter 10 and Dr. Jinpa’s three questions?  I will write it all here.

Keep you actions positive, because your actions become your habits.  Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.  Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.  – Gandhi

Dr. Jinpa then asked – Can we make a habit of compassion and altruism by setting (and resetting, and resetting) our intentions to do so, and practicing (and practicing, and practicing)?  Can training our heart and mind turn compassion into a subconscious, automatic process of so-called fast thinking, so that we instinctively respond to life this way?  Can compassion become more than fleeting feelings – a way of seeing and being in the world?

In my humble opinion, it all boils down to these three questions.  It doesn’t matter what I think.  What matters is what you think the answer to these three questions mean to your life.  We have spent the last several months exploring compassion in a deep and meaningful way.  Whether it will impact your life depends solely on your answer to the above questions.  Look over them, contemplate what this would look like to you and we’ll explore what came up for each of us tomorrow night.



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