The body can relax the mind…

Physical discomfort has a mental or emotional component;
when the mind is not at ease,
the body cannot be relaxed.

When our bodies are completely loose and relaxed,
the energy within our cells begins to flow smoothly and naturally
throughout our whole system.

This energy manifests as balance, joy,
or even love.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation
The Joy of Being

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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

Pathways to joy and meaning

The deep relaxation of Kum Nye
gives ease to the mind,
relieving it of the busyness
that ties up so much of our mental energy,
and attuning it to what supports
the whole of our being.

Pathways to joy and meaning open;
we make better wishes,
and mind cooperates in bringing them to being.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

Relaxation softens the sharp edges…

With practice, relaxation calls forth concern and cooperation
in place of anger or rejection,
or suggests productive new courses of action in place of discouragement.

Stimulations, especially negative ones,
do not hit our hearts so strongly;
the sharp edges soften and blur,
reducing the emotional impact.

Almost instantly we have access to more information;
we see more clearly the context of the situation,
and we can respond in ways that are more
genuinely helpful to self and others.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

Touch the inner essence of relaxation…

Encouragements, discouragements, neutral observations –
all of these messages may only be meaningless mind chatter,
stirred up on the surface of mind by tension or anxiety.

None of them, not even the interpretations and commentaries,
can touch the inner essence of relaxation
or invite the joy of experience to come out.

There is no need to respond to them,
follow their dialogues, or reflect on their significance.

It is not important whether you are confused or not confused,
whether or not you have thoughts.

As much as possible, let this entire stream of activity
flow by without paying it any attention.

Relax deeply and allow the body to be still and the mind to calm down.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

Fostering lightness, joy, and compassion…

The density of confusion and pain can be transmuted into contemplation and fullness.

We need simply to relax, allow our breathing to become calm,
and watch our experience mindfully, without judgment.

In this way we learn to foster lightness, joy, and compassion in our lives,
instead of resistance and disappointment.

Over time, we become naturally cheerful and find meaning in whatever we do.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Hidden Mind of Freedom