“As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings; radiating kindness over the entire world.”
~The Buddha, Sutta Nipata I, 8 (Metta Sutta)
I recalled a promise I made to Miro as a newborn.
The first few months of Miro’s life, taught me more than my 30 odd years before had ever taught me. As a parent of a newborn, I was spending countless hours holding Miro being present with him, holding his gaze, and communicating through our eyes. Everything I needed to know, the little teacher taught me and as I held him in my arms, his eyes revealed all. I never forgot. His gift could be defined as child-parent bonding, certainly every parent throughout history has had this experience, but this deep connection always marveled me. I learned how to communicate, connect, bond and be present with another being in a manner in which I had never experienced before in my life. For that I am grateful as much today as I was then.
My promise originated from this experience.
To always see the kindness in the world, be present with each and every experience, see life with through the eyes of a newborn and honor the “oneness” within all of humanity.
And enjoy the journey!!
One year and 8 months into the journey, we are making good on the promise.