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Birthing the Heart: Metta

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2015-02-03
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



The Buddha said, “One who knows love is very close to the truth.” As we practice, and identification with appearances diminishes, we will find ourselves from time to time suddenly surrounded by great space. The great space seems to have come from nowhere. Maybe it came from the relaxed way we were observing, or out of a momentary respite from self-indulgence. It does not matter how it came, only that it came. The space reassures us that love is there, and even when it seems to be hidden, it lies in wait for our acknowledgment. If we look through that space focusing on objects, love will be missed. If we abide within the space itself and rest there, then our actions will come from its power and grace.


Notice the relationship between love and belonging. Love is dependent upon knowing your location moment after moment and belonging to that location. Start this process when you get out of bed in the morning. When one foot touches the floor, say to yourself, “I have arrived,” and when the other foot touches, “I am at home.” Throughout the day, walking, riding the bus, standing still, or waiting in line, confirm that you have arrived and are at home regardless of your physical location. Now from this exact location warm your heart to whatever surrounds you regardless of whether it is pleasant or not. I belong within these sights and sounds, within these tastes and smells. Again notice that unless you feel that you completely belong, love will feel abstract.


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