Talks November 4, 2011 | 58 min, 48 sec

The Awakened Heart

Jack Kornfield

Mettā is as genuine and natural as your breath, and all it asks is a little quiet and attention. When the mind becomes quiet and the heart starts to open, we begin to feel the innate and fundamental connection with life. And when mettā meets suffering, it changes its flavor and becomes compassion—holding the sorrow of another. So you meditate not to have some particular state or great vision, but to remember who you really are. You find the space of awareness—that great heart of compassion or lovingkindness—and you can sense the connection with the universe and the mystery.

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