Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 04/03/2014

Compassion and the Breath

Although I have been primarily focusing on the breath as my main practice I have lately been reminded of the importance of purposefully cultivating compassion as well although i , to be honest, I can’t really pinpoint what it was that triggered the memory. Regardless of how it came about, I find myself facing a familiar conundrum: how to squeeze in enough time to focus on more than one subject of meditation. Having only recently been able to gain some traction I am afraid that I will overburden myself by taking on too much. And yet, I simply don’t feel I can afford to leave compassion out of my practice for fear of how I will end up behaving towards myself and all those around me.

It seems therefore that the real issue lies more in the way I relate to the practice and the expectations I put on myself than anything else. May I gow in my knowledge of Right Effort and practice ardently and yet with a heart sensitive and tender to all dukkha whether it be mine or that of another.

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