For Rob

I want to demo how pronouns work in this practice, because there is a design. Line one, five, and nine always use the actual noun representing the recipient of compassion, and the rest of the lines use pronouns where needed. This design is based on my own sense of rhythm in the lines, calibrated to what feels comfortable. For the practice presented yesterday, for that presence that I feel, I experimented with he, her, it, and bouncing around the three, but, for reasons that will be better explained later, I decided no pronoun system worked with what I was trying to do. Before returning to that practice, I’ll demo a practice for my brother Rob, to give a good demo of pronoun use in a regular practice:

I practice compassion for Rob

With compassion, I free him from suffering
With compassion, I help him find peace and feel safe in this world
With compassion, I create contentment in his life
With compassion, I inspire him to flourish

With patience and good humour, I welcome Rob’s imperfections
With sympathy, I feel for his suffering
With empathy, I mind what he’s feeling and try to understand why

For Rob, I seek wisdom
I nurture a broad perspective of him
I foster gratefulness for him
And I acknowledge that suffering and difficulties are part of his life

Thank you for practicing with me today. Try doing the same exercise, but for someone in your lifešŸ˜„

Photo by Shiyu Zhang

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