The power to nourish ourselves

Many of us are in a state of habitual, perpetual conflict
with ourselves, as the different facets of our embodiment
engage in ongoing arguments.

While these varied parts of us ultimately want the same thing –
to be at peace, to be comfortable,
each one has, so to speak, a different opinion
about how to accomplish this aim.

Over time, we learn that we have the power
to nourish ourselves at every moment.

We find we need
less and less outward support
to provide sweetness to our senses and feelings.

We do not have to rely upon pleasurable experiences in order to know joy.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

Relaxation nurtures the body

Simply open the feeling of relaxation as wide as possible.

The more you can do this,
the fewer distractions, problems, thoughts,
and conflicts will arise.

The ever increasing experience of relaxation
will nurture the body;
your whole being will gradually become healthy.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

Every experience is energy

We know that within every feeling or sensation
there is the same pure energy –
that both negative and positive emotions
are flexible manifestations of energy.

Then we know how to use the raw material of experience.

At the beginning of any sensation
we increase and expand it
until it becomes firmly established.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

Everything becomes relaxation

Once we tap relaxation,
we learn to operate sensations and emotions
with a playful, open attitude, and
everything becomes relaxation.

We know that within every feeling or sensation
there is the pure energy
– that both `negative’ and `positive’ emotions
are flexible manifestations of energy,

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

Make an offering to your senses…

Food becomes an offering to the senses.

When we learn to enjoy all the feeling-tones of tasting,
distributing them throughout the body and beyond it,
eating is truly a meeting of the senses with their object,
a ceremonial act of appreciation.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

What is happening is what you are doing…

Full participation can be called mindfulness,
consciousness, or being aware and sensitive,
its nature is unconcerned with naming and defining;
there is no longer a critical mind judging.

What is happening is what you are doing.

There is no need to ask questions
or report back to yourself on what is happening.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation