In the last few days i have been reminded of just how unpredictable it can be to live with a human body. Out of nowhere a cold has come and swept away all semblance of routine, forcing me to do all i can simply to make it through the day.
And yet, the Dhamma is still there. One thing i have noticed as i make my way through the streets everyday is that, especially since i began practicing tonglen again, when i lock eyes with someone who appears threatening i now can diffuse the situation by taking in the suffering that is causing them to want to cause harm and share worth them whatever goodness and peace i have in the moment. This may not seek like a big thing to many of you but, as a result of my kamma and growing up as a man in this society, i have often found myself on the verge of many a violent confrontation. In fact, in my younger years, i for into physical fights on a pretty regular basis. Despite being older i still see the seeds and roots of this behavior in the soil of the heart which is why such this seemingly alchemical transmutation is sick a miraculous gift to me.