Most people are under the impression that they can think out their lives. But that’s a misconception. We are subject to our emotions and think in ways based on our emotions. So it’s extremely important to do something about our emotions. In the same way as the Buddha gave us the Four Supreme Efforts for the mind, he also outlined the Four Emotions for the heart: (metta), compassion (karuna), joy with others (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha)-are called the “divine abodes.” When we have perfected these four, we have heaven on earth, paradise in our own heart.
Excerpted from “What Love Is” Tricycle Magazine
by Ayya Khema
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