love is the foundation…

check out the second paragraph. we can ask ourselves: how does this view relate to our religious practice? to our way of loving?


#love #path #practice

Posted @withregram • @sharonsalzberg

In certain philosophical systems in India during the Buddha’s time, it was believed that if the body was tortured enough, abused enough, the spirit would soar free and be liberated. Nowadays most of us are not inclined to torture our bodies to free our spirits. However, we do seem to have our own variation of that theme by believing that if we abuse our minds enough with self-hatred and self-condemnation, somehow that abuse will be a path that liberates us.

For a true spiritual transformation to flourish, we must see beyond this tendency to mental self-flagellation. Spirituality based on self-hatred can never sustain itself. Generosity coming from self- hatred becomes martyrdom. Morality born of self- hatred becomes rigid repression. Love for others without the foundation of love for ourselves becomes a loss of boundaries, codependency, and a painful and fruitless search for intimacy. But when we contact, through meditation, our true nature, we can allow others to also find theirs.

[Image Description: Blue painting with white lines and overlaid text reading, “Spirituality base of self-hatred can never sustain itself. – Sharon Sal

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