Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 2 [4.3.24]

This time we look at a reliable sense of safety more through the lens of neuroscience/modern psychology as well as introduce the Buddhist practice of lovingkindness– which was originally taught as an antidote to fear.


Discourse on Good Will

From teachings of the Buddha, complied by Jack Kornfield

May all beings be filled with joy and peace. 

May all beings everywhere,

The strong and the weak,

The great and the small,

The short and the long,

The subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,

Seen and unseen,

Dwelling far off or nearby,

Being or waiting to become:

May all be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,

Let no one anywhere despise another,

Let no one out of anger or resentment

Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life

Protects her child, her only child, from harm,

So within yourself let grow

So a boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,

To its height, it’s depth, it’s broad extent,

A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then, as you stand or walk,

Sit or lie down,

As long as you are awake,

Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;

Your life will bring heaven to earth.