There are so many people suffering from anxiety at this time. The pain of anxiety is isolating. I know when I feel the most disheartened over current events, I feel the most alone.
My daily meditative practice is the Universal Ishaya’s Ascension as taught by Neika Supriya Whittemore. Yet, in the last few weeks, I have found starting my meditation with the practice of Tonglen to be extremely beneficial.
Tonglen connects me with the compassion I feel for others who are having the same experience I am, and in feeling the compassion I have for others I am able to also hold that state of compassion for myself. Self-compassion is a powerful, comforting healing energy. *
Below is a video (under eight minutes) on the practice of Tonglen by Pema Chodron.
Click here for an informative article from Elephant Journal with several more videos by Pema on Tonglen. I really like the forty-seven-minute video by Sounds True. Just listening to Pema explaining how to do Tonglen is a beautiful way to start the morning. 🙂
May you find as much joy and healing from this practice as I have.
*The word compassion is used in different ways by healers and teachers. The state of compassion experienced here is a heartfelt, emotional connection.
Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday.