Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.” – Anonymous
Pema Chodron writes about a meditation student she was working with who had a serious alcohol and drug problem.
She shares how proud she was of him and how he made great strides towards his recovery when suddenly he went out on a binge.
When she found out, she was so disappointed in the student and because she did not know what to do, she went to see her teacher Trungpa Rinpoche. But after she shared this story with Rinpoche, he expressed his disappointment with her reaction and that being angry at him was her problem.
He said, ‘Never have or hold onto expectations for another person, or set goals for them because this can be a hidden agenda to want their success story to be ours.
Instead, be patient and kind to those who are suffering and wounded.
Let your presence in their life feel safe, open, and generous.
The Pocket by Pema Chodron