Gratitude & Sympathy

As we look out onto the world, the chaos is apparent. It calls for the human heart to be the highest oscillator in our thoughts and actions. From Albert Einstein, “We are here for the sake of others—above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.”

Each moment holds the possibility of sympathy, as well as the potential for compassion to arise and be acted upon. Is it a kind word rather than a criticism or complaint? Is it actively celebrating our commonalities rather than our differences? Is it as simple as a pause for gratitude so that you may offer the fullness of yourself to the next person you meet today? Small things are big things.

This week’s pause marks the half-way point in the current round of meditations. We will begin again on Monday. May it be so that this interlude generated an appreciation for your practice and the ways you bring your heart’s wisdom out into the world. For this, we are so grateful. It’s why we are here.

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