The last few days have allowed me to reflect inward. I have been in tremendous pain from a back injury, but I’m recognizing that we are the source of our suffering. We choose whether we suffer.
It is all how you look at the situation.
Tonight I went to a yoga class, knowing damn well that I wasn’t going to be able to do even half of the poses.
Right off there bat, in class, I had to do my own thing. Not worry about anyone around me. Just take care of me. I put myself in a bubble and didn’t worry about what the other people were doing or potentially thinking.
At the end of class my teacher tonight told a story of a man who lost his wife. He wife drove him around everywhere, and now she was gone. The son asked his father how he was going to get around without her, and the man replied, “Son, did you know you can get a bus ticket for $4?” I could suffer from the physical pain I’m in, or I can find solutions and use the time required to heal, to slow down and focus on hobbies and actives, like reading. Or like the man in the story finding a solution and a brighter way to look at his circumstance.
Self-Compassion decreases suffering.