“Yoga is not about self-improvement, It is about self-acceptance.” – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
(via Toronto Yoga Conference Guide 2018)
“Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness is freedom from hate. Because when we are free from hate, we see the ones who hurt us not as monsters, but as people who themselves are wounded, who themselves feel threatened, who don’t know what else to do with their insecurity but to hurt us, to pull the trigger, or cast the boat, or pass the policy aimed at us. But if some of us begin to wonder about them, listen even to their stories, we learn that participation in oppression comes at a cost. It cuts them off from their own capacity to love.”
My heart opens when I watch this simple kindness unfold.
It’s when he goes back and gently places the hat on the man’s head that I see it is like the act of a mother caring for her child. One YouTube comment I came across reads ‘this man is surely going to heaven.’ But I think if we are this open and allow our natural innocence be our first response, this earth is heaven.
(via The Telegraph)
A healing guided meditation by Jack Kornfield to open your heart. Find a quiet place, 24 mins and enjoy:
“As you breathe in the heart area gently… let yourself remember and feel the sorrows you carry from betraying or harming others… from betraying or harming yourself… and from being betrayed and harmed by others.”
Allow the meditation to take your heart from the feeling of sorrow to the peace of forgiveness, and finally to the mind of lovingkindness, for your self, your friends, your enemies and all living beings.
Oh, boy! I just love the build up. Brilliant, natural progression:
In order to generate a spontaneous feeling of love and caring, first imagine an easy-to-love being (we used a helpless baby bird). Then gradually, in ever-widening circles, spread that feeling of tenderness to other imagined beings, until eventually you have imagined including all sentient beings. Finally, in a surprise twist ending, give that lovingkindness even to that person who can be the most challenging of all to love and accept: your self.
Go, find yourself a quiet corner, take 36 mins and wash your heart.
Ambika Cooper’s beautiful melody has the power to embed the lovingkindness (metta) verses in your heart. It’s in just the right key for me to sing along and I am loving that it’s become an earworm, with the prayerful verses surfacing in the spaces of my day.
Plus, Sharon Salzberg joins in this kirtan-style recording, bringing it to a beautiful close with her spoken word version of the verses.
Digital download, regularly $1.99, is currently available free: vanarasmusic.com
Sample the melody:
May I be happy and peaceful
May I be healthy and strong
May I be safe and protected
May I live with ease
May you be happy and peaceful
May you be healthy and strong
May you be safe and protected
May you live with ease
May we be happy and peaceful
May we be healthy and strong
May we be safe and protected
May we live with ease
May all be happy and peaceful
May all be healthy and strong
May all be safe and protected
May all live with ease