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Meditation Tonglen: Gateways Into Compassion
The suffering that we experience in life is a gateway into compassion. As we find the courage to meet whatever challenge or discomfort is present within us, the experience begins to transform into something different – into compassion. Contrary to our human tendency to pull away from what is painful, this practice invites us to move more deeply into the experience. Where the felt experience is challenging, we can ease and facilitate our movement into a place of compassion by resting the hand on the heart or by focusing on the out breath, releasing whatever energies may be caught within us.