|Alpaca grazing during on of our backroads before Shelter In|
By following, the Stay At Home Order, it is my way of honoring the people on the frontlines, nurses, doctors, paramedics, walmart workers, delivery drivers, anyone providing true essential services.
I lost my job because of COVID 19. I am home because I have a health condition that could be potentially fatal if I get the virus.
I could sneak out of the house, cross county lines, breaking the order and indulge in being in nature which I miss desperately. It would not harm me or compromise my health, but I won't do it.
My suffering by being restricted is nothing compared to the nightmare happening in the hospitals.
At home. I feel like I'm not doing enough. I don't have alot of funds to donate. I haven't figured out the best way I can help right now.
I do know a way I can send love and compassion out into the world and I want to share it with you.
It is a meditation called Tonglen taught by Buddhist Pema Chodron. You can practice anytime. I have added a video clip of Pema Chodron explaining the practice below this post. I practice Tonglen when I am feeling great suffering for others, myself included. It really helps when I have anxiety.
With the practice.
You sit. Get centered. Call to mind someone or a situation where there is suffering. You breathe, taking in the suffering and on the out breath you give compassion.
And it works. It works for me. I feel a full body feeling of peace when I practice Tonglen.
I hope you will give it a try to bring compassion to the world.
This morning it is pouring rain. I had a cup of coffee with the cinnamon cake I baked last night. I am cherishing each simple moment.
Listening to the rain. Feeling the warmth of my blanket. Having a partner who loves and cares for me. Having this time to slow down and be grateful for what I have, not what I don't have.