Tonglen Fertility

Tonglen Fertility

  • July 13, 2015

When doing an aspiration meditation practice, center yourself into a relaxed yet alert posture that embodies a state of openness, like a lotus floating on the surface of a pond. As you silently repeat each word or phrase, breathe into and out from your heart, so the words come directly from your solar plexus. Repeat the phrases, penetrating the heart center ever more deeply. When doing an aspiration informal mindfulness practice, sprinkle the intentions of wisdom and compassion throughout the day. This may be when confronting a distressing inner state or outer experience or whenever inspired to invite messages of healing and renewal.

This post is part of a series. If you haven’t already, please read my introduction to the “Fertility Aspiration Practices“.

Fertile Aspiration Practice
For this paradoxical tonglen practice, synchronize your in breath and out breath with each word, as you breathe in suffering and breathe out relief of suffering, expanding the circle of those similarly challenged and you move ever more deeply into your heart:

Breathing in your pain and suffering of infertility.  Breathing out relief of this pain and suffering.
Breathing in your pain and suffering of infertility and all those similarly challenged.  Breathing out relief of this pain and suffering.

“Every loss brings you a step closer to your child.”
-Janetti Marotta


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