Research is demonstrating that mindfulness can help us build stronger, more satisfying and resilient relationships - yet another example of how this innate human potential, when cultivated with benevolent intention, might help us reduce suffering in the world and increase wellbeing.
Compassion is a necessary ingredient in engaged mindfulness; however, as with any concept, it's susceptible to misunderstanding and manipulation. In previous posts we have discussed the difference between wise and unskillful compassion. Here I'd like to discuss a distortion of benevolence that's becoming more apparent in our mainstream culture - one in which inequality and … Continue reading Near Enemies of Compassion
Radical compassion means nothing and nobody is excluded from the circle of kindness. The best evidence shows its good for us individually and as a society, but it can be difficult for us to trust given US mainstream cultural conditioning. Cultivating radical compassion takes courage and persistence, but when collectively practiced, it can become a powerful force for personal and societal transformation.
Is mindfulness the best hope for humanity? If we were truly aware, the vast majority of us would likely be relating to ourselves and the world with greater compassion and wisdom. But, it's easier to to stay asleep...
Aversion involves the desire to turn away from or avoid something unwanted. Most often experienced as annoyance, disliking, disgust, or even hatred, aversion obscures reality by turning attention away from what is present, preventing us from truly understanding our experience. By learning to face aversion, we can gather important information that can help us respond to life situations with greater ease and wisdom.