On this episode of the Heart Wisdom Hour, Jack looks at how the depth of meditation leads us on the Bodhisattva path of service, love and joy.
Education of the Heart (Opening) – Through our various spiritual practices we are bearing witness to our human incarnation in a way that is unlike any other. Jack talks about the ways in which we develop the capacity to witness, and find joy, even in the face of life’s greatest difficulties.
That’s Not Who I Am (13:15) – The journey of awakening is one that lightens the heart and brings untold joy, but that does not mean we cease to experience negative emotions or make mistakes along the way. Jack explores the way that practice illuminates these aspects while allowing us to move forward without identifying with them.
“Do I get angry? Of course, I get angry, frustrated and afraid. It’s not just me, I have seen some of the great masters get upset. I have watched the Dalai Lama chew people out, Thich Nhat Han get upset and I pissed off Mother Theresa but that is a story for any other time.”
Jack further explores the idea of moving past our identification with our thoughts and feelings on Ep. 67 of the Heart Wisdom Hour.
Seat of the Bodhisattva (20:45) – When we take time for retreat, it can be easily mistaken for withdrawal or self-centeredness. Jack explains why it is that we need to take this time to get quiet and contemplate things.
“It is a reality that as we sit, the walls of who we are starting to dissolve. We discover very directly and immediately that we are woven in a single garment of destiny, part of this network of mutuality. When we understand this, how do we act? The key is our intention.”
The Secret of Intention (30:20) – Jack discusses the importance of the intention behind our actions. He shows how when we stop focusing on the outcome, and instead on the value of our actions, we plant seeds that will blossom in a way we may never see.
“The secret is to act beautifully, without attachment, to the fruits of your actions. That is the place of freedom.”
Loyal to Love (43:45) – A trait shared by most awakened beings is the laughter of the wise. Jack discusses the value of laughter and the Buddhas words on living a life full of joy.