can make a proper cup of tea.”
― Chögyam Trungpa
Yesterday, Christmas Day, it sure didn't.
Continuing to breath into my heart, I know that others feel this deep sadness too. Opening, softening, inhaling deeply and slowly, I breath the fullness of this feeling into my heart as I recite two of the traditional Brahmavihara phrases: "May all beings be safe. May all beings be free from suffering and the roots of suffering."
As the in breath continues, I notice a sense of spaciousness re-emerge as first my belly, then my rib cage expand. My tender, warm, achy-breaky heart is comforted in the embrace of a calm, clear, expansive open awareness that seems to extend throughout and beyond space and time as the in-breath continues.
As in-breath becomes out-breath, the words "May all beings be at peace" float on that breath as it dissolves outward into the Essential Oneness. In my mind's eye glows a translucent visualization of the clear and brilliant eyes of countless beings resting in full awareness of their Buddha nature. The visualization radiates outward from my heart on the wings of the out breath.
All is calm. All is bright.
(For more on Tonglen Practice, see The Practice of Tonglen by Pema Chodron)
Originally posted December 2015. Revised today as part of my morning Practice.