A meditation practice for awakened compassion.
I first learned Tonglen from Pema Chödrön, a beloved Buddhist nun. Tonglen is a powerful practice used to send love and kindness into the universe. It's a practice of taking in the pain around us and sending relief back out to everyone. Pema described it best when she said, “In Tonglen, we visualize taking in the pain of others with every in-breath and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated from age- old patterns of selfishness. We begin to feel love for both ourselves and others; we begin to take care of ourselves and others.”
Tonglen awakens our compassion and puts into perspective a much bigger reality beyond ourselves. It can be used for someone who is ill or any time there is suffering. Although an advanced practice, I invite you to join me.