30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 21 featuring Paramahansa Yogananda
“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.”
This yogic practice of compassion is such a valuable lesson and although challenging, it can be the key to so much happiness and joy in our lives. Our first step on the path to becoming yogis is to cultivate a deep-seated sense of self-love and compassion for others. We need to take a step back from our culture. We have a system of social media where the seeds of judgement and resentment germinate easily. We have an economy that is dependent on our lack of self-love; if you think about our commercials on TV, every one is aimed at telling us we’re not good enough until we have the particular product the commercial is selling. This constant messaging has the power to make us feel less self-love and more inadequacy.
When we begin to truly practice self-love through constant reminders, yoga and meditation, it is hard not to let this feeling spill over. I find this happens to me all the time! And the coolest thing about cultivating more love and compassion, is the side effects. When I allow myself to give more openly, I feel more happy and joyous. This is a deeply enjoyable and rewarding way of living! I find that taking on a practice of holding only space for love in your heart for others can really snowball and is easy to adopt with practice because it truly feels so good.
Do struggle with self-care and sharing compassion openly? Have you experienced a shift in yourself when you practice compassion? Share your opinion in our Facebook Group! (if you’re not a member yet, just click join).