On the seeds of Anger and Compassion in us // Thich Nhat Hanh

On the seeds of Anger and Compassion in us // Thich Nhat Hanh

“Every one of us has a seed of anger. Every one of us has a seed of compassion. We have all kinds of seeds in our store of consciousness. To practice meditation is to practice mindful watering of the seeds in us. We don’t want the negative seeds to manifest often because every time a negative seed gets manifested  at the base it will grow a little bit bigger.  That is why let us try not to allow the negative seeds in us to be watered so often by ourselves or by the people around us: “Dear People, if you love me, please refrain from watering the negative seeds in me such as anger, hatred, craving and so on. Please love me, please don’t touch and water these negative seeds in me if you really care for me. And please water the positive seeds in me: the seed of tolerance, the seed of compassion, the seed of joy in me.””

— Thich Nhat Hanh (“Under the Banyan Tree”)

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