Ram Dev shares a dharma talk on how we can ease our suffering by offering compassion to our fear.
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Cultivating the Motivation to Practice
The practice of meditation is a difficult endeavor to commit one’s self to. As a result, it can be difficult to find the motivation to practice. Dale looks at how the Buddha’s Four Mind Turning Reflections allow us to be with the difficulties that come up during regular meditative practice.
Compassion for Our Fear (7:00)
What happens when we bring our attention to our fear, instead of running away from it? Dale reflects on our relationship with fear and what happens when we offer compassion to fear when it arises.
“Fear is the deepest of all emotions. It is that place where we are caught in the delusion of separateness. We don’t need to be afraid of our fear. Instead, we can become aware of fear. What does that feel like? Can I have compassion for what this feels like?” – Ram Dev (Dale Borglum)
Explore how a regular practice can liberate us from the bonds of fear with Tara Brach on Ep.33 of the Mindrolling Podcast
Living Consciously (15:10)
How can bringing awareness to our actions alleviate our suffering? Dale talks about the practice of compassionate abiding and looks at how bringing compassion to our suffering allows us to move through life with a greater sense of awareness.
“Compassionate abiding is a practice that takes one breath. When you notice that you are caught in something and would like to open your heart to it, you locate where you are holding it in your body and you breathe awareness to that place. As you breathe out, you breathe out spaciousness and softness. Breathe in awareness and breath out softness.” – Ram Dev (Dale Borglum)