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When a Crisis like the Pandemic Lays Bare . . .

We can turn our minds to compassion

The more closely we contemplate our bodies and mind and the world we line in, the more profoundly we become aware of fragility and instability. When a crisis like the pandemic lays bare the unreliable and uncertain nature of the world, we are unsurprised. We know what is happening right now is not a deviation from the norm. It is merely that the covers have been dragged away from truths that most people spend their lives trying to ignore. With a daily grounding in the way things are, we can remain free from panic, anxiety, and depression. We can turn our minds to compassion.

Faced with suffering of this depth and range, we form the heartfelt wish that all people, young and old, in all countries of the world be free from infection. If they have contracted the virus, may they recover. If they do not recover may they be able to endure their pain with patience and acceptance. May they have a refuge in their heart to turn to; and in their final days may they be surrounded with love and kindness.

~Ajahn Jayasaro