Natural Love and Compassion

from Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy
by Ven. Thubten Chodron, Shambhala Publications

When we meditate deeply and repeatedly on the kindness of others, we understand that we’ve been the recipient of tremendous kindness throughout our lives. We begin to see kindness all around us and, in response, the wish to reciprocate and pay it forward naturally arises.

The happiness we experience when we express our love and kindness to others is qualitatively different from that which arises from following a self-centered attitude. Love, which wants others to have happiness and its causes, and compassion, which seeks to free others from suffering and its causes, bring more inner peace than winning the lottery.

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