try generating some compassion 2 yourself. Speaking of ‘when all else fails’ and ‘against all odds’ – that’s how compassion for yourself may sometimes feel. There is something about struggling with ourselves when we feel at a loss, that can be relentlessly mean & brutal, and the last one to be aware of it is – us. I can never forget how mean & brutal I was to myself when I was depressed – without even knowing it. I who had no problem having compassion for anyone about anything, couldn’t stop judging & beating myself up for ‘what a loser’ I was because of my depression. And then at the eleventh hour when I was ready to give up but kept asking for help, by the grace of the breath compassion entered my cracked heart, and started to transform my life. I still practice daily when I get triggered by the unknown – to open my heart and breathe love, kindness & compassion 2 my misery & oppression. It’s a way of life I have embraced, of making this practice sacred & celebrating the process, moment by moment, breath by breath.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, Voice of The BREAZE