Monday, 7 November 2011

GC, Day 7: Tonglen

I don't particularly want to talk about it in detail, but today, the practice of tonglen - whether it was breathing in anger, fear, hurt or grief (and yes, I did all four and then some) - mine or anyone else's - made a real difference.

Having a practice to sit with difficult feelings meant that I could act from my centre, that I could ask G-d for help, that I could remain grounded in the midst of a maelstrom.

Thank you, Buddha, and thank you, Pema Chodron - you made it possible for me to both stay in the space and hold it, even when I most thought I might not be able to.

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