Three Important Exercises: Part Two
In the second exercise, Phakchok Rinpoche demonstrates how to open our hearts. He does this by asking us to coordinate our speech as we extend our arms in a gesture of giving. We say out loud that we wish all beings to have happiness and to be free from suffering. Our body and our chest will respond when we incorporate the physical gesture as we recite verses of compassion. When we repeat this exercise, we will feel warm in our hearts.
We will gradually experience unconditional caring. We won’t feel hungry for true love. The benefit of this practice will help us overcome family disagreements and issues. We don’t take little things personally because deep down, our heart is not injured. Many of us have holes in our hearts and we are looking for romantic versions of love like Romeo and Juliet that are not very smart!
When we practice this expansive caring exercise for 3 minutes daily for one month, we will experience a genuine shift in our hearts. And once we’ve grown confident in the practice and felt that shift, we can share this exercise with our friends and families.
This teaching is a the first part of Rinpoche’s teachings on the three important exercises that anyone can perform. You can find the final teaching in this series here.