Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MAITRI

I learned a new word and it's changing my entire perspective.

Maitri: Unconditional friendliness to oneself.

Mind blown.

I took an amazing yoga class near my new office last night and this word was the meditation of the practice. It was really eye-opening. Each time the instructor reminded us to be friendly toward ourselves, I was twisted into an ugly position struggling to do it right. And as she reminded me, I thought, "Wow, I'm beating myself up RIGHT NOW." And so I changed that. And I was friendly to myself. It's kind of an odd feeling actually.

But wonderful.

I have a lot more research to do on this beautiful word, but here's a very short, and very calming explanation.


2 comments

  1. such an important word and way of thinking

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I totally agree. I haven't quite gotten myself to think this way all the time, but I'm working on it!

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