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  • Writer's pictureSavira Gupta

Dear Friends

I have been sitting in front of my lap top for some time. Thinking of what to write. Debating between something profound filled with wisdom to lessons learned during this year. Nothing in particular comes to mind!

It’s hard writing a piece that would inspire or penning (well in this case typing) down something that I have learned in 2019. You see we all have been through some kind of experience/s where we have come out braver, wiser and more humbled then what we were.

What more can I offer or say that you have already not heard. What more can I teach that you have not experienced. Life experiences, nature and people from all walks of life are our teachers and if we have not learnt from these then we have not evolved.

As human beings we are in pursuit of something profound or deep that will bring meaning to our very existence here on earth. We are forever looking outside or at others for that something which will either enhance our lives or fill the void we feel within.

We live in a world where there is economic/social disparity, cultural differences that ignite racism to political unrest to environmental destruction and the list goes on. As the divide widens so does our cynicism towards life.

Have we become so immune to what is happening around us? Have we become so hard that we cannot feel or see the suffering around us? Are we lacking compassion in our lives?

Compassion is essential for our mental stability and for human survival. Compassion is a necessity in our day to day life. Compassion is the softness we need in order to feel the pain of another being. Compassion is strength and courage. Compassion is grace at its best. Compassion is kindness and acceptance of people as they are. Compassion is wisdom. Compassion is humbling and honest.

When we welcome compassion in, like the roots of a tree it grows into every fibre of our being. Compassion shows up in the way we communicate to others and ourselves, the way we act and react to situations, the way we think and the way we handle situations. Compassion shows up at the most unexpected times of our lives as a gentle reminder of our place in this world.

Compassion has been and is my biggest learning. It entered my life sometime this year and it stayed and has and will always be a part of me. Compassion has shown me how to accept situations with dignity and grace. With compassion I have been able to find closure in an area of my life that has been filled with pain of my own doing. Compassion has taught me one thing and that is……. without it, I would be void of all sincere emotions!

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquillity comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

My wish to all; When ‘Compassion’ knocks on your door welcome it in with open arms. Let it wrap you like a fuzzy blanket and when you feel warm, then share its magic with others.

May this season bring joy and peace to you and yours. Remember that your holiday table is a place to invite open views and communications with compassion. Most importantly Thank You to each and every one of you for showing up on your yoga mat called life!

With love Savira

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