May 12, 2014
Compassion is the sacred energy that flows through the heart chakra to each and every living thing in the universe. When accessed it allows us to feel a sense of oneness with all.
Compassion blossoms as our inner guidance, especially when we study and teach yoga. It constantly reminds us that it is not the exactness of a technique that gives students the experience of Yoga, but the ability to access our own sacred energy.
Compassion is fostered by our personal experience through hardships—physical, mental or emotional—or by, with an open heart, perceiving the suffering of others.
All the formulas and structures accrued dissolve as we embrace a person in his or her deepest suffering. A prayer that the person is able to stand or bend without discomfort replaces the alignment once thought to be so important in asana (yoga poses).
Compassion is the catalyst that allows the great teachings to guide us in realizing that the physical body is the temple housing the Divine Self.
According to yoga philosophy, disease manifests not from the physical, but from the disconnection with our source or spirit. When we are able to remember who we are healing is accelerated. As compassionate beings, our ability to help others is directly affected by our own belief in this most basic of concepts.
On a practical basis, when teaching yoga to people with life threatening diseases I use practices that embrace the totality of who we all are—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual beings.
The practices and philosophy of yoga blend both the physical and spiritual and cajole them to unite. Healing then happens. This blend was put forth to develop the research protocol and study, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Lifestyle Heart Trial and the award winning Commonweal Cancer Program. Both programs gave me a feeling of gratitude and a sense of contributing to bringing light into western medicine.
The constant refinement and rediscovering of the yogic practices allows each person to gain the benefit of healing. Often the healing is not a total physical cure, but a rebalancing of the energies that flow through the body, mind and emotions to touch the spirit. It affords everyone a sense of peace and clarity to make decisions and changes based on their highest level of healing.
Yoga is the creation of a balance of energies that allows the natural intelligence of the body to right itself. It is for this reason that most of the gentle practices can positively affect any disease or imbalance. It facilitates the alchemy by connecting hearts and souls, remembering that we are all ONE.
❤ Article: Bring Love to Your Service by Nischala Devi
❤ Healing with the Chakras Meditation: CD or Digital Download
As a yoga teacher I can usually find it within myself to offer compassion to others, but feel challenged to offer the same response to myself. When I remember that I am a student too, I understand that it is the practice and the dedication to show up for it that often brings us into the healing space. Showing up for yoga is the most compassionate act I can take for my own well-being. Once I do that my heart responds and I feel calm. My energy is more balanced and I am present for healing to take place. From my own heart and center I can then offer compassion without losing myself in the process, because it is flowing through me, not from me. I am connected. Thank you Nischala for this wonderful post.
Tracey Lee Curtis