Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 12/06/2019

Worst Enemy

Even if a person you have cared for as your own child
Treats you as his or her worst enemy,
Lavish him or her with loving attention
Like a mother caring for her ill child — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

How to react when you feel guilty for having made what made have been the wrong decision? I often find myself in the position to have provoked the ire of someone and then have to resist the urge to respond in kind. Truthfully it doesn’t matter if I’m actually to blame; what matters is my habitually poor reaction.

The quote above is from the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas and I hope to marinate my heart and mind in it.

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