BUDDHISM IN FIVE POSTS: 3/5: Wisdom & Compassion 👇🏻
Wisdom and compassion, in #buddhism, are the two qualities that brings liberation: you cannot have true wisdom without compassion, and all real compassion comes from inner wisdom 👇🏻
I believe in the radical notion that human beings are born loving, kind and compassionate, but that we lose this power when we become ‘adult’ and ‘educated’. In Buddhism, compassion comes from willingly accepting that every single form of life experiences suffering in EXACTLY the same way you do. Suffering is therefore not personal, but a fact of life shared by everything that breathes.
Realizing, and integrating, the truth of suffering gives us tremendous courage as individuals. Showing others compassion, trust, honesty and love - instead of suspicion, resentment and hate - is the most courages thing we can do - it requires us to open up, on all levels. Practicing compassion - for me - has been the most transforming experience of my life, and has utterly transformed my self-view, my relationship with truth and the way I view others. Compassion is a completely prescription-free vaccine against all mental illness 👊🏻❤️
Wisdom, the opposite side of the coin, comes from admitting how little we know. Human beings have a multitude of systems, frameworks, theories and books, but our real, objective knowledge of the universe is almost non-existent. We’ve made a million maps, but only explored a few inches of the territory 👇🏻
In order to begin to develop wisdom, we must accept impermanence: everything is in constant change, and nothing is permanent. All the things we love, will disappear: who we are today will completely change in two months. Only by realizing this, can we truly make the right choices and be present in our lives - focusing on what matters 💪🏻
Wisdoms and compassion can not be learnt from any book, they are internal qualities that develop naturally when we try to live honest, kind lives. Please let me know if this post made any sense below 👇🏻 if I didn’t, let me know that too 😊
“Won't you take me to that place?
When I lose my sense of time
Where I escape my fate
When I feel the most alive” -Sinkane
poses from Advanced C and Advanced D Ashtanga Series
by practicing liberating ourselves from our conditioning, pain, governors, and self-defeating recurring thoughts in the practice of yoga asana, that openness of heart and comfort of mindful awareness resonates into other parts of our lives. Through mindful meditation we can apply that openness and comfort appropriately to more powerful deciding aspects of our being. We can choose to apply release of suffering to financial responsibility, art, relationships, or disobedient protest of oppressive systems. By mastering our ability to liberate ourselves from stress we can enter those oppressive systems mindfully and with intention, raise collective consciousness to the possibility of liberation through grace in our actions, speech, and thoughts.