Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Breathe in Pain, Breathe Out Relief

Book coverPerhaps you’re out on the street and see someone abusing a dog, beating it or yelling at it or yanking on its leash. You can breathe in the pain you assume the dog is feeling, then send out relief. It might be a wish for the dog to ex-perience kindness and safety, even a nice, juicy bone. You can also breathe in what the abuser is likely to be feeling—the rage and confusion that are causing her to strike out so cruelly. Breathe in her anger and, on the out breath, send her anything you think would allow her heart to soften. It could be feeling loved, feeling okay about herself, feeling more space in her mind and more tenderness in her heart.

From Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön, page 82

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