FRIENDLINESS TO SELF
Sunday, July 20, 2014
One of the key practices that keeps me in touch with my recovery is friendliness. This is a simple attitude towards life taught by the Buddha, that transforms my physical and emotional experience into a workable field of blessings:
May I be well and happy.
May I be joyful and live in safety,
Free from suffering
And the causes of suffering.
The first line, "May I be well and happy," is the core practice of friendliness to myself. The teaching continues, "May YOU be well and happy," and culminates in "May ALL BEINGS be well and happy."
Just formulating this thought connects me with my basic desire to wake up to my life, in a way that benefits all beings.