the llama blog
practicing yoga off the mat.
Throughout 2017 especially the latter part, we’ve experienced much grief, loss and hatred as a country. Hurricanes, earthquakes, shootings and even mean bully-like comments made by our political leaders seem to overshadow the good that does happen each day. Where has all the love gone?
Love comes from compassion. We must cultivate compassion within our own self before we can love and empathize with others. Notice the dialog you have with yourself daily. Try to change the tone and sharpness of your thoughts toward yourself. Be more forgiving and dare I say, more compassionate to your mistakes.
Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy accompanied by a strong desire to help. Social media has its pros, but I, personally, feel it also isolates us. We’ve lost our local communities. We don’t chat with friends for hours; instead, we text to each other for minutes.
Once we developed a softer, kinder tone toward our self, we can then direct that same loving kindness to creating a stronger, more caring community. Here are a few ways you can sprinkle a little pixie dust of happiness.
I am so grateful I have a strong family and friends community to turn to in times of darkness. Their strength, love and kindness lift me up when I fall down and help me get back on this journey called life.
Walt Disney said, “All of our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” I have a dream, a hope that our future generations will experience more love and compassion. Will you join me?