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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Maitri

"A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don't appreciate themselves. Having never developed sympathy or gentleness toward themselves, they cannot experience harmony or peace within themselves, and therefore, what they project to others is also inharmonious and confused." 
~ Chogyam Trungpa


Maitri means loving-kindness, for oneself and others. It’s the feeling of ache, of need, of insecurity…relaxing. It’s a full fresh breath of air through fear. It’s making peace with mental, emotional, body, relationship, etc., issues, perceived or otherwise.

It’s not a one-time achievement—it’s an ongoing practice. We have to work at it. We have to play at it. We have to want to make friends with ourselves.

The tools are meditation, exercise, healthy food, or any healthy activity that brings you to maitri.

If the world invested in maitri, in health, in joy, in compassion instead of in bombs…well, we wouldn’t need bombs.

~adapted, Waylon Lewis, Elephant Journal

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