As we train in openness, we learn to dance with fear.
We learn to work with fixation, with where we are stuck.
We learn to shed light on our doubt and uncertainty.
We see where we are holding onto a ground, protecting ourselves.
We become more tolerant, more willing to hang with discomfort.
We are raw, exposed, vulnerable.
As we break through fixation, grasping and vulnerability,
we open up to the wisdom of selflessness.
Abiding in the wisdom of selflessness,
one knows peace of mind, an inner calm and wealth.
There is a bit of a danger that one could become attached to that state of peaceful quiescence,
which is why it is important to practice compassion.
Compassion gives the wisdom of selflessness form.
It gives you direction, a strong posture.
Compassion is not pity, it is not "Oh, that poor thing."
Compassion is responsive. It is dynamic.
It can be peaceful or fierce, but it is always for the sake of benefiting others.
As we act, we are prone to fear.
We are stepping out of the peace and calm, moving forward into uncertainty and fear.
It is definitely easier not to act, to stay with what you know and let others do the work.
Which is why we continue to practice openness, the union of wisdom and compassion.