The Light of Self-Compassion

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

Recently and “out of the blue” a surge of powerful emotion  washed over me –  a deep and profound sadness for something that once was and no longer is … I chose to sit with this grief, and with beloved self-compassion allowed myself to experience the heat rising in my body, the shallowness of my breath, the familiar wave of nausea … and then –  invoking my practice … tuning into my breath, allowing the grief to flow through me and finally after considerable time, dissipating… loosening its grip. I breathed deeply into my commitment of living bravely, playfully and creatively…manifesting my full creative potential and supporting others to do so as well.

Mindfully, I chose a new path in place of my old habitual patterns. Pema Chödron offers inspiration, “this is a work in progress, a process of uncovering our natural openness, uncovering our natural intelligence and warmth… we already have what we need … you yourself experience your unlimited potential.”

So I am practicing creating light and space for self-compassion … the lyrics from an old folk song – used in Kundalini Yoga  – illustrate this perfectly… “All love surround you and the pure light within you, guide your way on” – or as I sometimes add, guide your way home…

What path will you choose to allow yourself to open to the light of self-compassion?