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The place of deep worthiness in ourselves is what recognizes the deep worth of others.
~ Lama John Makransky

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FAC in Community

Here are some of the members of the Foundation for Active Compassion (FAC) Community describing how these practices are helping them in their daily life, in their work, and in their contributions to well being of others.


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JOEL BAEHR
PASTORAL PSYCHOTHERAPIST
CAMBRIDGE, MA

I can personally testify to the effectiveness of practices of Natural Love and Compassion in transforming my experience of the Parkinson's disease from a difficulty and suffering, to ordinary life and even a blessing.

And, here are actual comments by the participants in my meditation groups:

"Just being.. not meditating... for me seems the most fruitful for uncovering the spaciousness. Everything seems to fall away and no longer matters in this experience. Do what is called to do but it is all done without attachment. In a way it feels like depression but without the sadness or dread that occupies the depression. It is like experience without opinions as  I recalled you  shared.  Snowing..quiet, contented."

"When the family is in crisis or when I am confronted with something that I don’t want to do, I don’t feel as upset as I used to. Emotions don’t throw me as much."
 
"I don’t feel alone and feel connected with strangers. I’m more patient and am more accepting of the kids I teach. I remember more often that I don’t need an agenda."
 
"I didn’t want to raise my own son, but now I observe young children and see that they are just learning to be a person."
 
"I believe that others notice that I am more in the present."
 
"I am more aware of not being aware or present and catch my wandering mind more often. I am less bothered by situations."
 
"Practice has changed me profoundly. I am able to be more loving and know who I am at my core. Although it’s work, it feels good. I have fewer knee-jerk reactions to strangers."
 
"When I’m interacting with others I notice when I’m not receptive. I stop, observe my surroundings, and ‘am there’ more often."
 
"I know it’s okay to be anxious – that I can let it be, that the situation will pass and everything eventually changes. I know that I’m complete as I am and don’t need to ‘do’ anything to make it better."
 
"I am more aware of how my life is changing. I am aware that others are aware. I don’t flare up when another person responds to me in a negative way."
 
"The group (this sangha) is very powerful."
 
"The sense of just having done practice is worth it."
 
"Practice reinforces my ability to not hold on. It helps me rebalance after a meltdown."
 
"Practice encourages unconditional acceptance of all situations, an open ‘being with’ where judgment doesn’t show up. It’s more possible to recognize and let go of the "asshole" aspect arising.  Roll with the ‘what is’ and accept difficulties without guilt."
 
"Practice touches us in ways that can't be articulated. Our sangha shows up as a benefactor of us all."
 
"Meditation is not the situation or the surroundings, but simply being present to whatever is, moment by moment."
 
"Life is a feast."