Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Light a candle

It's been a while since I've told you about the website. It's a wonderful place to go for consolation and inspiration and one of the things you can do there is light a virtual candle. We light a candle for someone's intention. That's a way of saying that we dedicate the action of actually lighting the candle as well as the symbolism of the light for a particular purpose. It's a way of helping us focus. Try it - both on line and in real life! (But be sure with real candles never to leave them unattended.)

UPDATE: I was wandering among the candles lit on the website and found this message by a candle:

Dearest Godchild Hannah, May my suffering be a substitute for your suffering now and forever. Blessings on your week!

— Aunt Shelly from NY, United States

This is an intuitive form of Tonglen - the "taking and sending" Tibetan meditation. How wonderful! A very fine instruction on this form of prayer or meditation is the little essay by Pema Chödrön called THE PRACTICE OF TONGLEN. Do click through and read it.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:26 PM

    What a wonderful web-site. I was surprised at how calming it was to do the labyrinth. Lighting a candle felt as if I was giving a special gift to someone.
    Thank you, Ellie.
    Carolyn L.


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