On this spiritual journey we can often be very hard on ourselves, expecting perfection. It’s an interesting balance to pursue spiritual growth AND be content with who we are right now. It is usually our discontent that encourages us to change and improve our lives. Yoga is full of these polarities strength/ flexibility; effort/ surrender, yin/ yang, etc… In other words, yoga teaches us that the place to find peace is on the middle path.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – The Buddha
Often times the fruit of our growth is offered in service to others, meanwhile we treat ourselves as if we were a child that will never be good enough to meets it’s parent’s unreasonable expectations; constantly striving to meet our “inner parent’s” approval, but never quite hitting the mark. This is an energy leak for many of us, that keeps us from fully experiencing the brilliance of who we are.
We must learn to unconditionally accept who we are, with all our gifts and limitations; with our strengths and weaknesses. This is the true measure of compassion.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”- The Dali Lama