Lama Jigme Gyatso
Judging others, feeling Guilt, and Contemplation
We are all wired to occasionally feel superior (my earliest memory of such folly reaches back to the first grade). The really important question, therefore, is not, “how could I feel that?” but rather, “What am I going to do with that which I feel?”
Let’s blend compassion with the Buddha’s three marks of reality:
1) How could _____... feel stressful?
2) All being’s _____... may I soothe!
3) How could _____... never last?
4) How could _____... NOT be me?
The FIRST run-through (or set) is all about us, so we could mentally fill in the blanks with the word “pride.” During the SECOND set we could shift our attention to the actions we distain filling in the blanks with the pronoun, “that;” and during the THIRD set we could shift our focus to the individuals we’ve judged with the pronoun “them.”
Like a kitty, who has completed his zoomies, we could then rest in mindfulness and meditation with the practice phrases, “Notice this… relaxing!”
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