When your heart is stretched

Whenever the heart is stretched painfully we know we are growing in the right direction. This is because the essence of bodhicitta is to uproot our holding on to the self – trying to cherish and protect it. When this challenging stretch happens we then have room to replace this self-importance with love for all mother sentient beings. This love is not different than the love we have for ourselves – it’s just greatly expanded to include all beings. We need to know how important it is to do this for our path. Without bodhicitta, it is like planting all our seeds on a dry field. Nothing will grow. Bodhicitta is a moist field that allows for the crop of realization to flourish

– Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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