Opening the heart

Make yourself comfortable on your chair or meditation cushion.

Let your body become still and your breath become soft and even. Rub you hands together until you feel warmth. Place on hand on your heart and the other over the first.

Feel your heartbeat.

That’s all, just feel the beating of your heart.

Gently invite the warmth from your hands to penetrate your clothing and skin and warm the very center of your heart relaxing and healing it.

Sit awhile, savoring this feeling.

Stay with the feeling even after you take your hands away.

Gesture of Great Love

Special gratitude

All of us, no matter what our history, have known kindness.

Let yourself look back with special gratitude on the kindness of those who raised you.

Perhaps, as you grew older, you clashed with them in different ways, but none of that matters for this purpose.

When you were tiny and helpless, someone was there to help you learn and grow.

Gesture of Great Love

An empty house

It may help to imagine mind as an empty house with open doors and windows. Breezes drift in and out like birds, now cool and now warm, entering and leaving through the open windows and doors. Some are quiet and calm, some are noisy and demanding.

Like an empty house, you can simply be, welcoming all that arises — open, spacious, and accommodating, allowing the flow of experience to arise and fall without comment. 

As you relax and allow the mind to open like the sky, let go of any thought of what relaxation is.

There is no need to adjust or change anything; no need to improve or wonder if you are doing it ‘right’.

Let even these instructions fly in and out of sky-like mind like a gentle breeze, or a small, lovely bird.

Gesture of Great Love 

A perfect openness

Compassionate caring unfolds a perfect openness we could call ‘selflessness’.

When we touch that openness, our minds become bigger and bigger, until they are vast as space.

Such minds naturally, effortlessly, become fearless: thoughts and sensations, feelings and ideas and concepts disappear like clouds.

The open realm of space becomes totally silent; uniting with that open ease brings perfect, indestructible freedom.

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Awareness

Awareness generally means to be “aware of some thing”— to look at objects, to recognize, identify, and try to understand them.

This is commonsense awareness.

But as a living experience, natural awareness is simple and direct, open and responsive, without concepts, words, images and interpretations.

Awareness takes place within the first moment, not before, and not after.

It is immediate, spontaneous.

There is no other “thing” to obscure the moment—there is no subject or object, no
time or space.

All that remains is within this openness, which neither words nor concept can describe.

There is complete freedom from our restless attempts to hold on to something, to be secure in some distraction or some trance-like fixation.

There is no fear and no guilt—no desire to escape or be any other way.

There becomes complete self-acceptance and generates a fresh new outlook all its own.

Tibetan Meditation

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The best way to be of service

The best way to be of service is simply to focus on our work.

If your work brings joy and satisfaction; if you work for higher goals; if you act out of inspiration, dedication, and love, you can be confident that something good will come of what you are doing.

Encourage yourself at whatever level you can, and the positive energy you manifest will spread out into the world.

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