Because we are biologically wired to be constantly scanning our environment for threat, the mind will tend to entertain fear, judgement, and even hatred when left to its own devices. We are always aware, at some level, of protecting and sustaining the physical body and of discovering our place in the hierarchy of the pack. Who is strong, who is weak, and where do we fit in? Sadly, there seems to be a growing epidemic of this type of thought around us today and it's leaving us in a world full of hurt, distrust and confusion.
I used to believe that we were hard-wired this way, but no more. I have experienced that this way of thinking can be re-wired. That we can train our minds, which can be like wild little puppies, to follow a more harmonious path.
That we can learn to be more loving, accepting, trusting and gracious. In fact, this is the biggest practice there is, the most important and the most difficult.
Try going through a day regarding each person you encounter with an infinite tenderness toward their struggles and challenges.
Cultivate love toward yourself, then your close friends and family, and then toward the larger world. This earth and all the people living here desperately need your balanced and generous heart.
"Be kind; everyone is fighting a great battle."
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND SERIES
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Mat & Prop Collection
Seattle Yoga Arts is proud to partner with an organization that provides transitional housing for moms (and their kids) in recovery from co-occurring mental illness and chemical dependency.
Please bring any new or gently used mats, blocks or other yoga-related props to the studio March 4 - 10 and help launch a yoga program for these amazing mothers!