Monday, February 13, 2012
Embrace your anger or irritations with loving kindness
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, our thoughts this month can turn to matters of the heart and of love. In the spirit of satva yoga, or service, any action, when done with intention, can be an act of love. For instance, a smile at a stranger passing on the street can mean more to that person that you might ever know. On a personal note, we love our home and are so grateful to live by the ocean. However, seeing cigarette butts on the sidewalk or trash on the beach can really bum me out sometimes and feel that fire of anger rising up that someone might be hurting our earth through litter. But, in the spirit of loving kindness, I've been practicing looking at that litter as an opportunity: an opportunity to show love to this beautiful beach town just by simply picking up that piece of plastic or cigarette with an attitude of love. It makes a huge difference to how I feel. So, in instances where you may feel anger or frustration at a loved one or a situation out of your control, try shifting your thinking to a mindset of love. As individuals, as we embrace more and more actions with love, we have a cumulative effect on those around us, subtly helping others to do the same.