Robert A. Heinlein (American Science Fiction Writer) wrote:
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.
Just as you wish for happiness, so does the other. I invite you to a day of reflection on your willingness to let, or even help, other to live their own life to the fullest.
Just as you wish for happiness, so does the other. I invite you to a day of reflection on your willingness to let, or even help, another to live their own life to the fullest.
#30DaysOfLoveAndReflection – Day 16
I am reminded that in our competitive culture, children who help one another with school work are (sometimes) punished for cheating. We are not taught to learn from each other. Too often we are not taught to share.
In the Buddhist tradition, one of the four “heavenly abodes” is sympathetic joy. This teaching tells us that to dwell in a place of peace and happiness (a “heavenly abode”), we needs to cultivate the ability to feel joy at the success or happiness of another. Practicing sympathetic joy reminds us to keep our hearts open and remember that it is not all about us – that the flourishing of life and joy is a blessing whether or not it directly benefits us or not.