Thursday, October 30, 2008

Encouragement

Two of the most basic principle of the meditative tradition are compassion and lovingkindness. Both prompt us to offer encouragement whenever we can. I would also add that the meditative experience helps people with self-encouragement because it gives us confidence that diligence in training the mind will really make a difference in our lives:

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.

- John O'Donohue

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