The Path of Compassion
I used the following quote in yoga class this week, encouraging students to apply this to THEMSELVES in their practice and ultimately their lives...
When we apply this to ourselves in yoga practice, compassion may look like accepting our own expression of the pose even if it is not as advanced as the person next to us. It may look like accepting that we haven’t been present for 90% of the class and are just going through the motions.
When we apply this to ourselves in our lives it could look like accepting ourselves when we miss an opportunity, make a mistake with our finances, or hurt our loved one's feelings. Regardless of the form it takes, the quote suggests giving love to ourselves and taking away the conditions and barriers to our hearts. This is how compassion is cultivated. We may have learned from our society and culture that the way to create change and improve is through judgment and shame. However, nothing could be further from the truth. While it may seem to produce results for a moment, these tactics ultimately do not work. They breed more of the same…judgment and shame, which stifle growth and block the heart chakra. When we accept how we are in each moment, we give ourselves the nourishment to grow🌱 We see our mistakes through a lens of compassion and willingness to learn. This opens us up to new possibilities. This allows our creativity to come forth and be expressed.
When we learn to do this for ourselves it becomes natural to extend that compassion to others. We see others through a new lens and allow space for their authenticity.This is the essence of the heart chakra and the path of compassion.