In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion for those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil.
Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes YOOUUUU cry… oops, wrong quote… But seriously? Have you ever had that feeling of overwhelming love for someone that brings you clarity. Have you ever just accepted someone as they are, flaws and foibles, and felt such a peace with it? This Sutra is a natural way of being. It is how we are meant to be towards one another. To be happy for each other when we are happy, to have compassion for each other when we are going through rough times, to have goodwill towards those that are displaying virtue and to accept and be neutral to those that are veering off the path.
Nobody is perfect. And yet, in our plight of imperfection, we are all perfect beacons of light :). To have compassion, to celebrate joy and to accept when someone is being imperfect, means to accept all those things within ourself. This week, choose to view yourself first with compassion, with joy, with acceptance, with goodwill. Once we start to establish it within ourselves, we can begin to see it and take it in with others.
This Sutra, as they all are, is a way of being- a way of life. Adopt this and things will be smooth sailing!
Namaste yogis- carry the spirit of namaste and this sutra with you always! See you on the mat!
Oh and if you’re bored, check out this Dalai Lama video about compassion. Happy birthday, dear sir!