Amid the fear, the guilt, the hate, and the uncertainty that has exploded this past week, I chose to postpone the content I had scheduled.
I decided that a Tonglen meditation, which is a meditation to cultivate compassion, was more appropriate.
This practice is not to “spiritually bypass” or pretend that meditation is the answer to what is happening. I do wholly believe, however, that we must nurture the seeds of our own compassion, so that when we engage politically and humanly, we can do so from a place of wisdom, compassion, understanding, and clarity.
In the video below, I give a brief background of the Tonglen practice — but if you would like to read more about it, here is a great resource.
May we continue to practice listening.