Yoga Sutra I.33
Self compassion is hard.
We miss a deadline, we cheat on our diet or we don't follow through on a promise to a friend. What the hell is wrong with us? Perhaps that twinge of guilt feels like a sick churning deep in our belly. Next thing we know our failure looms large & all we can hear rattling around our head is "why can't you do anything right?".
In Yoga Sutra I.33 Patanjali asks us to love people who are happy, to have compassion for people who suffer, to be joyful for the virtuous & have equanimity for people who err. Think about how wonderful it would be if we practiced the same for ourselves....
We should all cultivate self-love.
We all deserve health & happiness, but how do we bring these things into our lives? Reminding ourselves that we are absolutely worth all the hard work that we are willing to put into ourselves will foster a feeling of self-love. Cultivating new habits that will rejuvenate our health & bring us contentment is a good first step.
Letting go of habits that don't serve us will free us from the suffering we are experiencing. Allowing compassion to permeate our actions will help us with stress that usually accompanies change. Remembering all the while that the stress of change is only temporary.
Experience joy by celebrating your achievements, regardless how small they may be. Making sure that even the wee successes are met with delight & elation. Remembering to show gratitude to those in your life who are supporting you on your journey will bring you even more joy...just you watch...you'll see.
Prepare yourself for a setback or two (or three or four!). Perhaps thinking on a setback as a learning opportunity will allow equanimity to become a regular part of our process. Always remembering that setbacks are an important part of any learning
Cultivate a spirit of self-compassion. Be kind to yourself.
Namaste my friends!