The Embrace of Earth
Excerpt from AC’s work-in-progress book “Sacred imperfection - living, breathing yoga”
How do we face the obstacles that are bound to block our passage from time to time as we travel on the road of life? In one of the most beautiful verses of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes how meeting pleasant things and people with friendliness, meeting unhappy, sorrowful circumstances with compassion, meeting truly good things with delight and really bad ones with equanimity will make the consciousness settle (1.33).
I think it’s safe to say that for most people dedicated to the practice of yoga, compassion is regarded as something that carries as much capital (in this case spiritual) as driving the newest Audi does if you’re a banker or reading Proust on your vacation if you’re an academic. And in a world where compassion is sorely needed to replace the walls that we literally and figuratively build to close ourselves off from those who suffer, this is a good thing.