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There are other times when the heart is in good shape: at ease and enjoying a sense of well being. We feel at ease whether we're sitting or lying down, alone or associating with friends and relatives. When the heart gains a sense of ease in this way, it is said to be staying with the Dharma.
In other words, skillful (kusala, wholesome) mental qualities have appeared in the heart. The skillful heart is what gives us happiness. This is why the Buddha taught us to develop these skillful qualities, to give rise to them within ourselves.
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- EDITORIAL NOTE (Wisdom Quarterly): What is "good" and what "bad" from the point of view of karma? All intentions or motivations that are rooted in greed, hatred/fear, or delusion are bad. Good refers to those intentions rooted in the opposite categories: nongreed, nonhatred/nonfear, nondelusion otherwise known as generosity (unselfishness), loving-kindness (compassion)/bravery, and/or wisdom.
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So be mindful to keep the heart in good shape. Be mindful of the meditation word (internal mantra), buddho. Or if you want, focus on the in-and-out breath [at the tip of the nose].
When the breath comes in, keep your mind at ease. When it goes out, keep your mind at ease. Don't be tense, don't force things, don't get caught up in any desire to know or see beyond reasonable bounds.
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