Maitri – The Prerequisite Attitude to All Personal Growth Efforts

December 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

Maitri is an attitude of unconditional friendliness toward oneself.  It is the basis of compassion and the necessary attitude that must be cultivated as a part of any personal growth.  Without this capacity, it is impossible to look deeply inward and the psychological defense mechanisms that protect your ego identity keep you stuck.

In this video, Pema Chodron elaborates on the quality of Maitri as a starting point for deeper inquiry.  As a personal development coach, I have found this to be the key to becoming unstuck.  As Krishnamurti said, “seeing the truth deeply is what liberates.”  However, you can’t see the truth at all if you have a harsh inner critic and well-defended ego structure.

2 responses to Maitri – The Prerequisite Attitude to All Personal Growth Efforts

  1. 

    This is a very nice hit on being kind to yourself. Sort of the antidote to the harangues of the Inner Critic. I like this statement: “FEELING at home with your own MIND and your own BODY.” My favorite book of hers is “When Things Fall Apart.” Have you read that one?

    It seems we’ve explored a lot of similar areas. Don’t make me go back and reread my Ken Wilbur library. 🙂

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      Replied to you in the wrong place, if you look under your comments on WHY CAN’T I CHANGE…. I responded to your comment above there. Sorry.

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