June 4, 2020

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A Meditation For Compassion

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. 

About the Author: Laura Araujo

Laura Araujo is the co-founder of The MAPS Institute, a classically trained vocalist, and a practitioner of Ashtanga, classic Indian yoga. She is the creator of the MAPS (Mindfulness, Activation, Purpose, and Surrender) philosophy and is in continual pursuit of helping her students find balance amid the chaos around and within them.


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