Another great focus of the month is LOVE AND COMPASSION. In a city like New York City, plenty of the faces I see on a daily basis are very hardened, angry, tired, frustrated, and just-so-sick-of-sharing-space-with-anyone. I was on the Metro North yesterday talking on the phone to one of my student’s moms. She was expressing such joy and excitement for her daughter’s lovely voice and talent. I was equally as enthusiastic. My face was in a big broad smile and my tone was light and happy, and it was met with very, very angry responses. The woman seated across from me on the train was glaring at me and began to cross and uncross her legs in frustration at my voice and happiness. The man next to me began to pinch the sides of his head and take huge deep breaths, because he needed it quiet. We all want different things at different times, but in order to exist harmoniously we must accept one another’s needs and adjust accordingly. I lowered my voice and kept my conversation to myself. I could have made the choice to be louder, spread the joy more exuberantly, but I knew that would be the opposite of compassion. I ended the call quickly and sent loving messages silently to these two very seemingly grumpy people. And it is okay that they are grumpy, they probably have every right to be grumpy, but I wish that they become free and happy! Love and compassion is not trying to change people, but letting them be, listening to them completely, and without any judgement. It is easy to try to win and one up and to prove ourselves in this town, but it is important to go back to the basics of eye contact, smiles, and good conversations. Practice love and compassion with yourself and those around you. You can practice through yoga, through song, and by asking your children, students, and yourselves these questions:
Question 1: What is your definition of love and compassion?
My Answer: Listening with your heart.
Question 2: What makes you feel love and compassion?
My answer: Teaching Yoga and Voice and Acting and spending time with family and friends
Poses for a loving and compassionate yoga practice: Restorative Poses: Pigeon, Happy Baby, Child’s Pose
Songs for a loving and compassionate singing lesson: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Smile, Life is like a Bowl of Cherries
Now find a person who embodies a life of love and compassion… Ask them these questions, do some yoga poses with them, and sing some songs!
Post your definition of love and compassion and post your answers below xoxoxo Margo