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A message from your coach - Uma

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As you develop your compassion, you will achieve a greater understanding of your ability to act because your motivation will come from a place of greater empathy and sensitivity.

In developing your practice, even if you have the smallest glimpse of one of these qualities towards any being, then you can allow that quality to grow and develop.

It is challenging, but it is of great value on both a mundane and a spiritual level. 

Who the boundless states are for

The effectiveness of this practice doesn’t rely on your intent being reciprocated by those you focus on.

On this journey, you are working on cultivating your own positive states of mind.

As you continue with this work, you may notice that how you interact with others becomes more harmonious, not because the other person has changed, but because your attitude has.

Recognising and acknowledging suffering

Being able to recognise and acknowledge suffering in all its different forms is at the heart of the Buddhist pathway. Only by being aware that all beings suffer can you then work to unburden them from suffering.

Even though we are all different, we all have things in common.

We are all subject to various forms of suffering regardless of how much one tries to create a distance from it; we all have to face it. Sickness, illness and death will affect us all at some point.

Do people who make others suffer also suffer

People who do wrong will, in the end, suffer for their actions. Have you ever really got away with something?

I’m sure you have experienced the pangs of conscience being tweaked now and again for actions that you know were misplaced.

If you cause harm to other beings, then you ultimately harm yourself because at some point there will be payback.

It may be useful at times to add a session at the end of another. You may wish to add a session of metta  after completing a karuna session, for example.

May you be peaceful-May you be happy

May you be well-May you be safe

May you be free from suffering