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.