Letting go of the small self is key to joy. Of course that means being there for others — but does it mean “service”? The obvious response to this is yes, but for those of us who slip too easily into letting others walk all over us, perhaps not. Instead, here are some other, safer avenues that come to mind.
September a year ago, a dear Dharma sister opened an anti-racism meeting with the following metta meditation. May all beings everywhere, plagued by sufferings of body and mind, obtain an ocean of happiness and joy. May no living creature suffer, commit evil, or be weighed down by oppression. May the frightened cease to be afraid, […]
“Turning our lives in the direction of kindness can be done… It can only bring benefit and happiness. I can do it. You can do it.” Longtime Buddhist teacher, Sharon Salzberg, says the above shortly after quoting a passage from the Buddha’s teachings I’d never heard before.