TO FEEL WITH.
Inspired by this month’s focus I have been speaking to students about COMPASSION. What does it really mean? How do we use it? When do we use it? So COMPASSION is two words: COM (which means with) and PASSION (to feel). So literally it means TO FEEL WITH. For me personally it means what another being is experiencing we feel simultaneously. Or as that incredible line from Smashing Pumpkins song: ”the killer of me, is the killer of you”. It means expanding your compassion beyond just your family and friends, it means feeling with everyone, ALL BEINGS, because at the end of the day we ultimately seek for oneness in being.
JIVAMUKTI YOGA is the ultimate gateway in to a whole new Universe of being, of seeing, of hearing, of experiencing life as we know it. Jivamukti Yoga is the path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. ALL beings. Human beings, animal beings, tree beings. You name it. We feel with them, we feel with everyone and because we feel with them we understand them and because we understand them we don’t eat them, or milk them, or take away their freedom, or abuse them sexually or try to make money out of them for our own greed. It’s that simple. ALL BEINGS!
Practice compassion everyday and you will see the effects of it straight away. When you are feeling with someone you ultimately give these beings permission to do the same, or as Cinderella says: HAVE COURAGE. BE KIND. Compassion is everything. It’s the beginning and the end of everything, of all existence. In my personal life I have seen that as soon as I started practicing (jivamukti) yoga I became more compassionate, there is an absolute direct correlation between my practice as a yogi on the mat and to my practice as an animal rights activist off the mat. Practicing compassion when faced with killers, with violence, with death, with torture, with cruelty, that is where the real work begins. So, liebe yogi’s of Munich, let the journey begin. Shine your light on this path, find peace on the mat and then bring it with you into the world!
HAVE COURAGE. BE KIND. FEEL WITH ALL.
A great way to work with all this is the following peace mantra. There is a wonderful version of this online with Tina Turner singing the mantra, have a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XP-f7wPM0A
Om Om Om
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
“May well-being, peace, wholeness and tranquility, happiness and prosperity be achieved by all”.
JIVAMUKTI YOGA TEACHER/VEGAN COOK/ACTIVIST