Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker
Tonglen Meditation - Dealing with Disaster
Julie Potiker leads you through a Tibetan Buddhist meditation known as Tonglen. During this practice you will breathe in the pain and suffering of yourself and others and then exhale compassion and healing. She completes the meditation with a reading of the poem, "Another Daily Disaster," by Jessica Kantrowitz.
Another Daily Disaster
I see you.
You who were just getting your feet back
when disaster struck
Maybe a small, commonplace disaster
but enough to ruin sleep
raise blood pressure
shift things from almost okay
to not okay at all.
It was just when you thought you had
a little breathing room wasn't it?
I see you, now
struggling to breathe
through another daily disaster.
by Jessica Kantrowitz, from Blessings for the Long Night, Poems and Meditations to Help You through Depression.