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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 63 memories and regrets to plans and dreams, you can gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Drop Escape Routes Stay put in this particular place and time, just the way it is. Pay Attention to Space Notice the quality of space within you and around you. Pay attention to the boundaries of your physi- cal body and the space in front, behind, and on each side of you. Also pay attention to the mental– emotional space that accommodates the comings and goings of sensations, thoughts, moods, and emotional upheavals. With whatever arises in your perception, on an outer or inner level, notice the space in which both you and your perception rest. Share the Space Explore what it is like to share this quality of space with whatever or whoever is there with you. Notice the power of accommodation, acceptance, and nonjudging. When you sense the arising of territo- riality and fear, accommodate that, too, in greater spaciousness. You can explore these steps singularly or in com- bination, it is up to you. The idea is that if you create the right atmosphere, compassion naturally arises. It is already present, just waiting for your invitation. ALCHEMY What ordinary people see as lead, alchemists see as gold in disguise. Like alchemists, we can learn to uncover the gold hidden within our human con- dition—no matter how conflicted and unpromis- ing we humans often seem to be. Our dramas and fascinations, our obsessions, our loves gained and lost may captivate us, but they are fundamentally ephemeral. However, anything that awakens and touches our hearts even a little bit can open us to the possibility of something more. Within the fluc- tuating passions of the human realm, we can dis- cover the unwavering force of selfless compassion and loving-kindness. ♦