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  • Writer's pictureBara Vaida

Resilience

Updated: Jan 17, 2023


How do we find the resilience to show up in the world in a positive way in the face of turmoil?


In our current moment, it seems all of us are forced to consider this question. One place I have looked for perspective is a tenet of yoga philosophy called ahimsa. It is the Sanskrit word for "non-harming" or "non-violence." In essence, it is about striving to do no harm to other beings, or to yourself.


As one of my yoga mentors reminded me this week, ahimsa is the foundation for being. This is because if you are mean to yourself, if you kick yourself off kilter, it becomes harder to build a well of strength and balance to weather the storms of the world. There is a kind of clarity to that.


I learned a lot more about ahimsa when I took an online course through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. This program, based on clinical research and founded by educational psychology professors, uses a combination of meditation, self-inquiry and community support to teach self-compassion skills. I have drawn upon what I've learned to help me, and I try to bring this perspective to my students on the mat.


I hope you are finding ways to tap into your resilience. I look forward to seeing you on the mat this coming week.

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