Technology and Tonglen

I have been traveling the two-way street of Tonglen practice, more stuck in traffic than not, truly bumper-to-bumper. Tonglen is the “giving and taking or sending and receiving” of compassion but I was doing neither.

Fortunately, technology glitches forced a publishing pause of the #DailyDose. My voice recognition software crashed; as well, there were some glitches with setting up my new laptop.

Whatever the reason for such pauses, they happen. Theirs is an energy all their own, a static interrupting the daily flow.


Walls fall, part of the obstacle that is the path crumbles. In the rubble of our rigidity there is insight, if we will only look.

For me, that meant opening myself to the perspective of the medical profession regarding this first hip-joint replacement surgery. Both the orthopedic center and I bring valuable experience to one another.

By meeting the center’s expectations with equanimity, I gain insight, no matter the depth of my own experience. It is up to me to do what is helpful, for ultimately that benefits everyone.

I have three weeks for this specific Tonglen practice.

To exist is to change, to change is to mature,

to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

Henri Bergson

 Aim for Even posts offer equanimity in daily doses. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page. 

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