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Invoking Self-Love & Compassion

Compassion is one of the most beautiful parts of being human. It is the soft space where you let go and allow yourself to be in the love that you are.  Compassion is an essential part of spirituality; it is what we do when love takes over. Compassion allows you to understand what others are going through and love them just as they are, not as you expect them to be. Yoga and meditation practice develops this compassion in the heart. Yoga is more than a physical exercise – it is a way of life, which allows you to see through the eyes of love. During yoga poses you are urged to breath, let go and quiet the constant chatter in the mind. In this quiet space you see from a different perspective that we are all one. We are all beings of pure love and light doing the best we can to find our way back to our true essence in this physical form. In yoga postures you can develop compassion for your body by silently saying to yourself: “I know you are doing the best you can and I love you and except you just as you are. As I honor my physical being, I honor myself, for my physical being is the temple that houses my soul.”

Once you develop compassion for yourself, you can spread it everyone else. Once you can see yourself through the eyes of love, you can see everyone else through the eyes of love. Take a moment to think of all you have been through in this human experience. Send yourself love and admiration for how far you have come. “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” – Buddha. My favorite way to send love and compassion to myself is to lie in bed and place both of my hands over my heart center. As you fully relax, breathe light into your heart. As you exhale, relax even further and let go, coming into presence. Say to yourself, “I love you and I forgive you. I love you and I forgive you. I love you and I forgive you. I love and except myself just as I am.” Continue to breathe and imagine a glowing green light inside of your heart chakra; imagine this light circulating clock wise and expanding. Green is the color of the heart chakra. Breathe and continue to feel your heart opening. Realize that you have enough love inside of you to love the whole world. Continue breathing and allow the love to expand.

Another powerful way to step into compassion is to call upon ascended master, Kuan Yin. She is the embodiment of compassion and the Goddess of mercy. Kuan Yin always hears and answers our prayers. The mantra that invokes Kuan Yin and compassion is: Om Mani Padme Hum. Repeating this mantra out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Kuan Yin.  Merely saying her name, Kuan Yin or chanting Om Mani Padme Hum invokes her compassion, bringing protection and healing into your life. It is said that all the teachings of Buddha are translated into this mantra. Om Mani Padme Hum is pronounced: (OM MAH-NEE PAHD-MEY HOOM). The mantra cannot be literally translated but it roughly means, “The jewel of consciousness is in the heart’s lotus” or “Hail to the jewel in the lotus flower”.

As you love yourself, you awaken your love for humanity, creating more compassion in the world. This compassion heals and awakens others, creating heaven on earth. Love and light is now more than just a cliché – it is a state of being.

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Hillary Pike has been on a spiritual path for over twelve years. She heals through her presence and open heart. Hillary has traveled the world on the path of light, gaining a diverse prospective on life and spirituality. She is a certified 220 hour Kundalini Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Meditation Instructor. She has many other certifications in yoga and energy healing; she has studied with some of the world’s leading yoga and spirituality teachers.

Hillary offers group and private sessions as well as spiritual counseling. Hillary brings a wide array of spiritual teachings and tools into ever session to assist her clients in opening their hearts, to receive more love and well-being in their lives. Her goal is to help raise the consciousness of others, so they can create their reality in presence, joy, gratitude, prosperity and love.

Check out her site and follow her on twitter.

  • Vanitysmurf195

    This would be beautiful but there are so many typos.

    • M Greg17

      Where is your compassion?!?

    • Lightspiral11

      It’s ok, she is awakening too.

  • Pineapple_0437

    This is so touching, And so meaningful and helpful in the New Year. It’s so easy to love everyone else but finding love for yourself is really the one thing people don’t know how to open up and do. Many blessings to you.

  • Rosefairy18

    Lovely, I will breathe in more compassion today. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Lilswift85

    Thank you so very much for the beautiful words and inspiration- I couldn’t of said it better myself. Looking forward to reading more :)

  • Missbug911

    This is what I have been working on, developing compassion within myself. I am going to start working with the manta!

  • M Greg17

    Compassion is the key! I have seen much hate in my work, and I can truly say many people need some lessons from Ms. Pike, even I!!

  • Char

    Great post!

  • RosieC858

    Life is constantly changing and evolving and with that in mind having someone positive and with strong energy helping you along makes the journey easier.

  • Illumination22

    Thank you Hillary, we are healed through compassion. Thank you for my healing.

  • http://idoc.spruz.com/ GG

    I really enjoyed reading this as I know compassion is one key into creating change for yourself.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548715421 Hillary Pike Yoga

      Well said, thank you! Blessings~

  • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.bierek Theresa Bierek

    SO beautiful! I cannot wait to practice these heart opening exercises, so inspiring~!!

  • http://twitter.com/TBierek Theresa Bierek

    I love this! Compassion is key, can’t wait to channel some of that love through me and into the world~!

  • Natbergo1

    What a great inspirational message, very moving.

  • Robcor818

    First time commentator. Very impressive and wise words. The author illustrates the importance of compassion, something that might be lacking in the world we live in, but through her words and readers like myself spreading love and compassion, one day this world will be magical. Blessing to all.

  • Msims24

    Beautiful wisdom from a great source of inspiration! Thank you for highlighting an often overlooked topic.

  • Jjprana

    I love this! Hillary is a very kind and pure being. Her thoughts resonate very deeply and I will check back often to gain more love light and wisdom. Blessings to all and thank you Hillary!

  • Unknown Knowledge

    Thank you. This was very informative, I will remember to use this mantra. Peace, Love, & Light  

  • Bugniknikboo

    This is just the message I needed today I have been working towards loving myself more! This is perfect, thank you Hillary!

  • Jpandar

    Excellent article. Beautiful words from the heart. Thank you for the mantra as it makes true compassion for the world and the self much more practical.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548715421 Hillary Pike Yoga

      Yes, the mantra is a true gem! My favorite version of the mantra to meditate and practice yoga with is from The Best Of Wah, CD. Om Mani Padme Hum. Chant along with it from the heart and you will feel a compassionate, heart opening energy immediately. There are many nice versions on youtube to chant along with as well. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548715421 Hillary Pike Yoga

    Thank you everyone for these beautiful comments! Love is the essence of life. Realizing that we deserve to hold  love within yourself will create a big shift in your life, as it has in mine. If everything you did was out of love and kindness towards yourself, you would create so many miracles in your life. You deserve to have and be love. You deserve to love yourself fully and completely. This energy will light the way for everyone around you to have love and compassion for themselves. I am humbled by your lovely responses.
    In gratitude,Hillary

    • http://twitter.com/TBierek Theresa Bierek

      Youre such an angel, your words resound with so much truth and love!

  • Toddmerz

    Such beautiful words. I feel that compassion is something that allows us to keep relationships and get through life. You have such a great way of expressing what it is all about. I can definitely resonate with what you are saying. Thank you for the kind loving words!!!!

  • Christian Wood

    Ahhh… wonderful! So beautifully written Hillary! I can literally feel the compassion and love coming through in your words, you seem rather wise for someone so young. More than that, you seem to really exude this love and compassionate healing presence. Well done! I was having a rough day and feeling down on myself and tried your suggestion of holding my hands over my hand and saying “I love you and I forgive you” and imagining a green light around my heart… it helped, my stress and tightness just melted away. Wow. Thank you.
    Someone sent me a link to this article and recommended that I read it… this is the first time I’ve come to the dailylove… Do you post your writings here regularly? I’d love to read more by you. Keep ‘em lovely wise words coming. Thanks again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548715421 Hillary Pike Yoga

      Thank you for your lovely response Christian! Keep sending yourself lots of love. I am glad you have found the daily love! I hope to post more blogs here, so please check in! Much love and light to you <3

  • Melbesweet

    You are always amazing and inspiring!  Hilary thank you for sharing with us, it always lightens up my day to hear your words.

  • Qlana905

    Love it !!!!

  • Jandismukes

    I love this!  I read this the day it came out and I felt very shut down.  I have followed Hillary’s advice and felt her presence and love…..I have seen a major shift in my beingness.  I am so thankful.  Would love to see more of her ideas and techniques for self-love and healing.  Thank you Hillary for sharing yourself and gift with all of us!