In yoga, ahimsa or non-judgement, refers to the state of living in loving kindness toward all beings including ourselves. And yet, sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do. Let’s face it extending compassion in every situation — particularly conflict — can be hard. Why dispense love to the guy who cut you off in line when you don’t owe him anything? Because you owe it to yourself to find the love and beauty everywhere.
As A.A. Milne — Winnie the Pooh author — once said, weeds are flowers too once you get to know them. You never know who’s going to come into your life and present you the opportunity to find love. In fact, sometimes the universe sends us challenging people and situations for just that reason.
The next time someone really gets under your skin, rather than building up toxic emotion asking “why me”, ask yourself, “How can I extend compassion here? What am I supposed to offer? What am I supposed to learn?”
- Your Charmed Yogi