DAY 31 OF THE 40-DAY MEDITATION CHALLENGE: I BREATHE IN SUFFERING AND I BREATHE OUT LIGHT – December 22, 2016

“The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has a meditation practice called tong-len that asks
us to breathe in the suffering of the world,
to hold it in that unbreakable place of compassion,
and to then breathe back light.

The beauty of such a practice
is that it assumes and affirms
that there is something timeless and indestructible
within each of us
that can heal us and the world.”

Mark Nepo
from The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

light3In Exodus 16:32, Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded:
‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come,
so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’”

We think of that manna as bread that fed our bodies.
But Jesus taught us that it was something completely different;
he taught us that it was the life substance of love that feeds our souls.

In John 6:35,  Jesus says: “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Beloved, then what are we?
He gave us a hint – that we would be even greater.
We foolishly look for love,
and cannot see it exuding from us as manna to feed the world.
We are the manna, the substance, the endless supply, the inexhaustible source.
In every second that we love, we feed someone who is hungry;
we heal someone who is sick;
we manifest a friend for someone who is lonely;
we bring the lover that we need to shape in our universe;
we remind ourselves that we are the bread of life.

Say throughout this meditation to yourself and know throughout the day,
“The manna of my love feeds the world.”

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