A Perspective on Tonglen

Just taking a moment to remember that all emotional states are valid expressions of the human condition.  Yet, our collective experience is ultimately defined by our openness and ability to give and receive love.  Which is why I try to utilize negative emotional states as fodder in building empathy and compassion for others, who too find themselves, from time to time, stuck in the muck and mire of human experience.  Through this process, of giving and receiving, it makes the moments of being in love, or loving -- more vivid....  For which I am grateful.  Then, to offer this positive state, for the benefit of all sentient beings, I believe creates a lemniscate (infinity symbol), and thus completes a full cycle in the practice of Tonglen.