“Lovingkindness is a profound recognition that our lives have something to do with one another, that everyone counts, everyone matters.” ~Sharon Salzberg
Lovingkindness is more than just a vague sense of well wishing for others. It’s a deep knowledge that we are all connected and are all one in ways that are deeper than words than convey. It’s knowing and acting on the reality that everyone does count and everyone does matter.
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“If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
It is easy in our busy world to lose touch with ourselves. But this loss leads to the larger loss of being unable to touch others in the absence of connection to ourselves.
How can you take time today to reconnect with yourself in order to be better able to touch those around you?
“The reward for attention is always healing. It may begin as the healing of a particular pain—the lost lover, the sickly child, the shattered dream. But what is healed, finally, is the pain that underlies all pain: the pain that we are all, as Rilke puts it, ‘unutterably alone.’ More than anything else, attention is an act of connection.” ~Julia Cameron
The pain that underlies all other pain is the pain of existential loneliness. When we receive attention from another (and often even true attention from ourselves), that underlying pain finds ease in the resulting connection, and that is always healing.
How can you pay true attention to yourself and to those around you today to bring healing into your world?