tonglen: take the negative and make it positive
I have been reading The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte and I can’t even begin to tell you how many future blog posts it’s inspiring. The book mentions a Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique called tonglen.
Tonglen is the meditation practice of breathing in all the negativity, pain, or suffering of the world, yourself, a loved one, or a stranger. Once you have taken a deep breath and envisioned sucking up the black, dark negative energy, you transition into breathing out with white, pure, positivity and compassion for whomever you are thinking of. This practice of meditation helps create positive karma while mitigating the selfish tendencies that we all seem to innately practice.
Now I don’t want you all thinking I’m trying to push some religious ideals onto you–far from it. Instead, I want to share this interesting way of thinking, as I think it could help myself, and others, deal with tough situations and emotions. While simply breathing in and out won’t directly save the lives of others or anything, it will help us all keep a sane, clear mind. After this intense week we have seen the dark clutter in the world, and maybe this little breathing trick will bring a bit more peace to the weekend. I know I’m going to carve out some time to try it!
Do any of you meditate? I’m super interested in it but haven’t learned enough about the process and the benefits. It seems like it could be supremely transforming, and I’m game to try!
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