This reflective mind, by Ajahn Sumedho

Never doubt the worth of your own goodness, your living the values you espouse, your abstaining from inflicting suffering on any being. Even when they receive no acclaim, your efforts make a difference. This essay on This Reflective Mind by Ajahn Sumedho explains it beautifully:

Buddhism now

Gargoyle Lion Sumiyoshi-jinja.Photo © @KyotoDailyPhoto Dhamma [Truth, reality, the Buddha’s teaching; dharma (Sanskrit).] allows us to respect all life itself. We recognise that animals have the same pain that we have. Some people think that a dog’s experience of pain—of being kicked, for example—is different from their own. Contemplate that! I don’t really know, not being a dog, but how could it be different? The dog is a conscious and sensitive being. It feels, not only pain, but also the nastiness of that state of mind which just sees a dog as something to abuse. A dog will pick that up along with the physical pain. I’m reflecting now; just contemplating pain and suffering. When you contemplate like this, then you feel an empathy for the suffering of creatures—not just human beings, or not just nice people that you get along with, but even the horrible ones.

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