Sat Naam and greetings to you, yogi!
KRI’s theme for November and December is Compassion. Please meditate with me this month to set the foundation for us to open our hearts to compassion. And practice with me bringing compassion into our day-to-day, quotidian interactions with family, friends, and co-workers!
Compassion has been a foundational spiritual teaching in many traditions for thousands of years. Which makes a lot of sense given that:
- Compassion can be cultivated. It is a specific skill that can be strengthened by practicing specific exercises.
- Societies with more compassion and kindness are happier.¹
- Compassion makes us healthier and more resilient to stress.²
“When we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.” — Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
I think it is especially important to be reminded of compassion when we least want to hear about it. What I mean is that stress and uncertainty naturally make us contract. We tend to focus more on ourselves – protecting who we are and what we have. With how much stress and uncertainty are facing all of us these days, it’s important to not let those pressures shrink us – shrink our creativity, shrink our intuition, shrink our enjoyment of life.
If you’re feeling especially stressed out or under pressure, one of many yogic approaches is to find someone worse off than you are and help them! This will help keep your world expanded and give you a better perspective on your own problems. It won’t necessarily make your problems go away – but it will put you into a better frame of mind to solve your problems.
With more and more science pointing to the benefits of compassion, there are a lot of simple tools and suggestions to help cultivate it. We are so lucky to also have the technology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation! Our physical and meditative kriyas are a fantastic compliment to journaling and other compassion reminders.³ And as like we have been for 50 years, KRI is here to support you in deepening your Kundalini Yoga practice. Here are some highlights to awaken your compassion this month:
¹ Helliwell, J. F., Layard, R., Sachs, J. D., De Neve, J.-E., Aknin, L. B., & Wang, S. (Eds.). (2022). World Happiness Report 2022. New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
² Lee EE, Govind T, Ramsey M, Wu TC, Daly R, Liu J, Tu XM, Paulus MP, Thomas ML, Jeste DV. Compassion toward others and self-compassion predict mental and physical well-being: a 5-year longitudinal study of 1090 community-dwelling adults across the lifespan. Transl Psychiatry. 2021 Jul 13;11(1):397. doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01491-8. PMID: 34282145; PMCID: PMC8287292.
³ Prestigious Universities like Stanford now have Compassion education programs! http://ccare.stanford.edu/
From Me To You | December 2022
Highlighted tools to awaken your compassion:
Holiday Sale – Give yourself or others on your list the gift of awareness!
- Progressive discounts on books:
Buy 1 item, get 10% off Buy 2 items, get 15% off Buy 3 items, get 20% off Buy 4 items or more, get 25% off!
- 60% off CDs and DVDs using the coupon HOLIDAYSALES2022.
Free Live Yoga Classes
Join us online for any or all of these FREE live events!
December 7th at 7 am PST – Live session Yogis Gathering in Meditation with Sat Siri, Vedya Amrita and Dhyan Bhakti
January 9th at 5 pm PST – Live Masterclass on Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation with Sat Siri
Kundalini Beyond Borders
Kundalini Beyond Borders is a grant-giving program to give financial help to some of the amazing seva projects that are being developed by Kundalini Yoga practitioners and teachers around the globe. Specifically, this program is to help get Kundalini Yoga into underserved populations.
Check out some of the amazing work that your generous donations funded in 2022, and please tap in to all of your compassion to support another cohort of similar projects in 2023! Our goal is to have $25,000 to give out in grants and we are accepting donations if you want to support this work. 100% of your donation will go to the grant program, and if you’re a US resident, note that this is a tax-deductable donation!
Deep Dive Immersions
You’ve asked, and we’ve responded! Many Kundalini Yoga practitioners have asked KRI for opportunities to experience a deep dive into Kundalini Yoga, without participating in an entire teacher training program. So we are offering 3 different online weekend-long intensives!
Perfect if you are a student who hasn’t yet taken a teacher training! And also a nice refresher (of both the content and the community) if you already have!
May compassion fill our hearts – for ourselves, for our communities and families, and for our entire planet. May we value our shared humanity more than we value justifying ourselves. May we nurture and celebrate and share our inherent desire to help others.
Peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our communities, peace on our planet.
Have a blessed month,
CEO of KRI