Before I understood what it was, or could even sit in quiet meditation for long, this is a meditation I did for years. Tonglen is Tibetan for ‘giving and receiving’. I’ve always felt a deep connection to both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. Life is fascinating.
Heart Chakra image from Juicy*S
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~ Charles Dickens
At times it is easy to feel small and insignificant – unable to help when all we feel in our hearts is an urge to try. When those we know are suffering, or when there is a catastrophe in another part of the world we might wonder what can be done.
There is something we can do. Meditate!
I first started practicing this meditation as a small girl – maybe three or four years of age. No one taught me. I just seemed to know what to do. My baby sister was fidgeting and restless one night, tossing and turning in the bed beside mine as her teeth came through. I breathed in her fever and distress with every in-breath, and with every out-breath I imagined my breath covering her…
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