One of the most important virtues we need to live consciously as a vegan, and practising and living with zen in our lives, is compassion. We may need it by the bucketload in going through the changes we face during the next few years.
A very small insight: This week I’m practising the short contemplation in “listening to the cries of the world” a way of opening up to compassion with a pure, kind heart: acknowledging that we can all hear the hurt in the hearts of all human beings. You sit quietly and let the cries in.
This practice comes from the zen concept that “the Regarder of the Cries of the World” is always present and listening (in the journey of Zen from India to Japan, by the time Zen reached Korea, via China, the mythical Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara had changed gender. By now the god had become a “she”, Kwan Yin the Goddess of Compassion).
Humanity’s heart is broken – I like the way Lynne McTaggart says it: we’re suffering from unrequited humanity . . . in her book The Bond. My own insight today is that humanity has also given itself a big headache, but then that’s been building for centuries.
Spiritually we say our breath “touches and opens our heart”, then we thrive.
The Regarder of the Cries of the World: Humanity has a broken heart, a hunger and a yearning. In the myth of this name, our cries are always heard and our yearning to return to our Source is watched over with great compassion by the Goddess Avalokiteshvara . Practising a short contemplation in “listening to the cries of the world” is a way of opening up to compassion with a pure and kind heart: acknowledging that we can all hear the hurt in the hearts of all human beings. You sit quietly and let the cries in.
“Lao Tsu: I know this to be true for I have looked within myself”
A Spiritual Practice
This is a simple daily practice in the video : opening up to our noblest of qualities with the Spacious Heart Meditation.