Less than hour after writing the post about not giving in to anger and perpetuating violence I found myself involved in another heated conversation about Orlando. When it was done I was shaking a bit. I just can’t understand how people can justify violence and hate. It’s unbelievable.
I knew what I had to do. I sat in front of my shrine and practiced cultivating bodhicitta as best I could. I only sat for about five minutes, but when I stood up the anger was gone. It worked.
You can do a simple bodhicitta practice by sitting quietly and breathing. Repeat these words in your mind:
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be free from suffering.
May beings love and care for themselves.
May all beings find peace.
Give it a try. You’ll find it very peaceful, and it actually works the more you do it.
Rise Like A Lotus.