The Art of Loving Kindness

Born from my own journey towards yoga, I embrace a lifestyle of harmony that promotes love and respect for ourselves, each other, all forms of nature, and the environment.

One of the first and best things we can do to live harmoniously is to practice extreme self care. Slow down, breathe consciously, and take time to relax – every day. Balance effort with ease in all realms of life. Retreat from the world and the mind daily with yoga, pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation. Consume healthy life-affirming food, thoughts and ideas. Introduce regular periods of mouna (inner and outer silence). Get proper sleep and exercise. Spend at least a few minutes each day doing something that brings you a sense of contentment or pleasure. And allocate time to spend outdoors. Practice seva, the art of selfless giving – even a smile or a kind word to another has immeasurable value. Listen to your body, follow your heart, and let your intuition or instincts be your guide.

Release any tendency to strive excessively and simply be mindful of  each experience. Listen and learn. Flow and grow. We reach our goals and aims not by manipulation of circumstances or over-trying, but through consistency and surrendering to the current of life. This takes self-knowledge, self-awareness and shraddha (faith born from experience). But the right outcome is guaranteed.

Remember, it’s ok to be gentle with yourself. So be kind to yourself, and also be kind to others.

These are practices of self-care that will bring harmony, clarity and a sense of fulfillment or wholeness to your life. And self-care is the new etiquette. We are better able to be giving, understanding, loving and compassionate to others, without depleting ourselves or becoming resentful, once we have ensured a steady and balanced foundation under our feet; once our cup is near full rather than near empty. It becomes easier for us to extend that love and compassion to those we consider strangers, which brings us closer to our true nature. Our perspective and decisions can then take into account the highest good of all. And that is the ultimate etiquette.