Cultivating a change in our attitudes unlock the mind from the inner obstacles that create agitation. The keys to the locks are in these four practices.
In previous posts I have focused on the first two:
- Friendliness toward the happy
- Compassion for the unhappy
The third is: Delight in the virtuous
What this is talking about is that to help the mind, we need to appreciate others virtuous qualities rather than trying to pull them down.
Others might be extremely giving or knowledgeable in ways that make you feel “less than” and we envy them and are critical rather than complimentary.
The practice of taking delight in another would be to look at their qualities with the possibility of cultivating them within yourself.
Focus on their kindness, generosity or whatever quality they display and practice emulating it.
Give this a try and let me know in the comments below what happened. If you could not find delight, what do you think got in the way?