LR 39 – Insights Online: Accelerate Your Compassion: Exchanging Self and Others (D)
The deep practice of Exchanging Self and Others in Buddhism isn’t just about putting yourself into someone else’s shoes; it’s far worse and far more palpable. It first starts with understanding that every being deserves to have the same happiness as you do. (Which we may resist entirely!) And secondly, you not only put yourself into the shoes of the other person, and swap perspectives, but you also turn back towards yourself, looking back at yourself from their perspective. From that point of view, you begin evaluating and critiquing your own behavior and how it impacts the other, FROM their perspective. You get to feel what they feel as a result of your own actions!