Love, Compassion, & Your Body in Just 117 Words.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Aug 13, 2013
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It all rides on the breath.

One breathes out, which is love, but you cannot stay out there. You have to come back to your Self or love becomes stagnant and sick.

But when you come back to yourself you must bring the world with you, just as it is. This is compassion. So, you come back to yourself and bring the whole world with you—with all its suffering and distress. Then the most amazing thing happens. The breath touches your raw heart. The spirit is uplifted. Suddenly there is this deep sense of meaning and worth growing out of our body. So, we breathe out. This is love.

Identifying with this movement is meditation. This identification takes place in the silence of the body.

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Ed: Sara Crolick

{photo: via Tobyotter}


About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


2 Responses to “Love, Compassion, & Your Body in Just 117 Words.”

  1. lindsey says:

    So beautiful. Do you mind if I pin from this site. It's my new found favorite 🙂

  2. BenRiggs says:

    Thanks. Not at all. Please just give attribution.