A Tender, Open Heart

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There is enough aggression
in this world, enough sadness,
enough inequality, poverty…
enough hopelessness.
Knowing this,
what can be done to promote
a healthy, happy atmosphere
for planet earth?

Lovingkindness meditation.
This is the antidote to aggression.

Start by summoning a feeling
of tenderness in your heart,
thinking of someone for whom
you feel a great deal of affection–
a child, a beloved pet, a dear friend…
sit with this feeling of tenderness,
of softness,
sit with this earnest desire
for the wellbeing of this beloved one,
and repeat
May you be happy,
May you be healthy,
May you be peaceful and at ease.

Stay with this feeling of sincerely wanting
happiness for this beloved one;
keep repeating the phrases of lovingkindness,
keep practicing.

One day, you might be able to repeat the phrases
with sincerity
for those with whom you experience challenge.
It is here, in this place of disagreeing with someone
yet nevertheless wishing true happiness
for them
that the aggression melts away,
and what is left behind is a tender, open heart,
raising the vibration of planet Earth
with lovingkindness.

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