With my Compassion Yoga Flow special class event coming up this Saturday, I've been reflecting for the past few weeks on the many ways we can awaken compassion within ourselves and for others. From being OK with leaning on each other for help to reflecting on how much you can give away without losing your balance, there's endless ways you can warm up your heart. Today cultivating the forgiving heart comes to mind.
We've all had bad relationships. Perhaps with a lover, parents, siblings, friends, coworkers and or neighbors. Anybody can qualify. These relationships can leave us with feelings of anger, frustration and wondering what if things were different. There are relationships that can't be healed but we can always work towards healing ourselves. Slowing down, where we can embrace ourselves as we acknowledge our negative feelings and all that comes with them is necessary for us to move on.
Make some time to sit and become still. Take three deep breaths. Then watch the wave of your natural breath. In-between watching the rise and fall of your natural breath notice the negative feelings you have regarding a particular relationship. Don't be afraid to admit these dark feelings to yourself. Let these feelings surface. This is the hard part, admitting what you're capable of feeling. Cry, feel heavy, maybe your stomach hurts, but let your negative feelings be felt. Sit for a while. When you feel you're done processing what came up, take three deep breaths before you move on. Be easy on yourself by giving yourself a long lasting hug by doing something you enjoy.
Please join me for my Compassion Yoga Flow special class event Sat. Feb.13th 2pm at www.bamboomovesenglewood.com. Here we will balance the giving and receiving qualities of our hearts by way of back bending and arm balancing mixed with meditative rest in restorative yoga postures.
Compassion Yoga Flow is an online yoga class at www.yogainternational.com This practice raises awareness to The Himalayan Institute's One Tribe Project who is building libraries in Cameroon, Africa.