As a mother would risk her own life
To protect her child, her only child,
So toward all beings should one
Cultivate a boundless heart.
With loving-kindness for the whole world should one
Cultivate a boundless heart,
Above, below, and all around
Without obstruction, without hate and without ill-will.
*this quote is from the Karaniya Metta Sutta. there are many translations and they vary in color. this translation is by Gil Fronsdal and is one of my favorites.
what an expansive, inclusive and resilient image of love! for many of us, our first experience of unconditional love came from our mother. however, this isn’t the case for everyone. some have others who fill the role of mother, who fill the role of unconditional love. i truly hope someone somewhere, perhaps your mom, fills this role for you. may you be held in such love wherever it comes from. thank you to all of the moms out there who do love in such a way, teaching us to love in such a way.
i have been deeply fortunate to receive such love from my mom.
with a heart full of gratitude, i wish her, and my sister (who is a wonderful mom in her own right!), and all moms and all variations of mom, a very Happy Mother’s Day!! 🤗
may we all love with a mother’s love! ❤️🙏🏻
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