Breathe Compassion

Alpaca grazing during on of our backroads before Shelter In
My partner and I are taking the Shelter In orders seriously. We decided,  each on our own, not to break them.

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.

Still.

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.