Continuing with Sally Armstrong’s talk, “Facets of Equanimity,” continuing this exploration of equanimity as an expression of wisdom, and in particular into the notion of karma (kamma).
Both Sally and Kamala have mentioned this teaching from the Buddha:
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become an inclination of the mind.~ Two Kinds of Thought – MN 19
Sally adds, “If we act out of anger, if we have frequent thoughts of anger, it’s likely we’ll experience anger, and more likely that we’ll get anger back. If we have thoughts of kindness, act out of kindness, it’s much more likely that we’ll get kindness back.”
Reflection: Jack Kornfield has an article that discusses ways we can let go of unhealthy thoughts and open to healthy thoughts. He concludes the piece with this:
With the letting go of unhealthy thoughts, there arises a space, a calm, an opening to add healthy thoughts of love and self-respect. With all the dignity, courage and tenderness you possess, say from your heart phrases of loving-kindness such as: “May I be filled with compassion for myself and others. May I hold myself with care and respect. May I treasure my life. May I be filled with kindness.” Plant these loving thoughts, water these seeds of well-being, over and over until they take root in your heart and mind.~ Jack Kornfield, Let Go of Unhealthy Thoughts
I’ve noticed a shift in my own way of relating and responding to the world when I turn towards cultivating thoughts and actions of kindness, generosity, and skillfulness. How about you?
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With warm wishes,