I had a breakthrough the other day.
Give me high five!
One of these fabulous warm winter evenings last week we needed to end on the beach.The air was soft and salty, the sea quiet, small waves moving calmly in an even rhythm.
Protected by the moonlight my son Zion was running in the sand meters away from me. Looking into the stars, spreading his arms, feeling his freedom.
Now and then I heard him calling out: Mom, come and catch me! And after enjoying my moment I did speed up to play.
After ma-a-a-any catches and out of breath we quietly walked side by side back.
On the way, Zion wanted to grab a drink and asked me to go into this specific bar that I don't like. I replied that and mentioned that we could get our water in the car. Zion focused on reaching the bar he made his point:
Oh Mom, he said, you don't need to buy anything there. It's just me. I want to choose a delicious juice.
It dawned on me: empathy.
In his words, Zion asked me to
take his perspective
understand his feeling of being in need to drink something that he loves in a place that's ok for him.
not judge him for that and
speak about how I understood it and I explained why I wouldn't choose the bar.
How does it relate to Yoga?
I've come to understand, that Yoga can be applied as a method to self-reflection; to begin to explore, who you indeed are.
Because to give empathy, or in other words, to understand somebody's feelings, you'll need to be able to connect with this feeling and distinguish from it within yourself. And, the deeper you know yourself the better empathy's to give and receive.
Speaking from my more than ten years of experience with a consistent Ashtanga Yoga practice empathy becomes tangible, even embodies.
It turns out to be an incredibly deep feeling of connection.
So yes, I gave Zion his coins and joint him to choose his drink.
We took a seat, chatted and looked at the sea. 🤙
In your everyday life, there're countless hidden nuggets of wisdom.
When you listen carefully to whom surrounds you, you'll get the hints, insights, answers, new questions and understanding that are meant for you. Like me with my simple and clear empathy breakthrough.
Over to you!
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