A lot of you have been obviously experiencing various emotions, such as anxiety. Certain people have been experiencing anger, some depression or sadness, some grief. We’re all going through different emotions and handling this situation in different ways. Now when we go through emotions like this, when we go through a period of turmoil, it’s important that we are compassionate with ourselves. It can be very easy to dismiss our emotions and think oh, I shouldn’t be feeling like this, or what’s wrong with me? Surely I should be stronger than this, or a sign of weakness. Absolutely not. Our emotions are here to help us through this particular period of time by alerting us to how we’re feeling. So we can’t ignore those emotions, instead, we can validate them and move through them.
And this is where compassion fits in. So compassion is something that we first start on on ourselves. Self-compassion. Everything starts from a place of self-compassion because if we’re not loving and compassionate towards ourselves, how can we be loving and compassionate to others around us? It doesn’t make sense. Also, you have to be compassionate to others from a genuine space. So understanding what self-compassion is and going through that process is incredibly important, and that’s what we will do today as well. And sometimes we can think oh, I should be more productive now that I’m at home, or there are little things that I should be doing. And all of this, once again, is pressure on ourselves.
Now of course, if you are spending a lot more time at home, which most of you are, and you do have opportunities, then yes, this is a time for growth, a time for rejuvenation, a time to go inwards. And they do say if you can’t go outside, go inside. This is an opportunity for that. And for those of you who want to take a journey, a journey of growth over the coming weeks, then I highly recommend our free not-for-profit app called, The Meaning of Life Experiment. There you’ll find lots of videos and meditations. It’s a whole self-development journey. It’s available on App Store or Play Store, and you simply type in “Meaning of Life Experiment”, and there you will find information about it. It’s one of the highest-rated meditation apps on App Store and Play Store, so I hope you’ll get an opportunity to take The Meaning of Life Experiment. So that is something that can expand us during this period of time. But at the same time, if you’re finding it difficult to deal with a situation, then that’s okay. We don’t need to put pressure on ourselves, we can simply just be, and be sensitive and calm, and just observe what’s going on in our minds and what’s going on around us.
So let’s get into our meditation today. So as I said, we’ll be starting off with understanding how we can be compassionate towards ourselves and compassionate towards our dear beloved minds. And in fact, many of you will remember we brought in a friend of ours, Mike the monkey, which represents this anxious part of ourselves that is watching the news 24 hours a day, and is kind of indulging in social media and all the posts about all the negativities that we’re reading about. And it becomes slightly obsessive by this part. He’s anxious, he’s worried, and we with self-compassion can begin to calm this part of ourselves down and begin to understand that, as bad as this part of us makes it feel, we mustn’t get bogged down by this, but instead have a different perspective on what’s going on and expand ourselves. See the positives in the situation. Understand that those negativities that we’re indulging in aren’t quite true for us.
And then the second step of compassion is to then be compassionate towards those around us. Those people who are suffering. And, of course, there may be people in our own countries who are suffering in terms of having the condition, those who are in ICU units, intensive care units, but also those around the world who are less fortunate than us, who are going to have a very difficult time dealing with this. And that’s, for instance, people in refugee camps, and in slums where they don’t have access even to basic things like clean drinking water, nevermind medical support and help in getting through this. So we’re going to look at how we can expand ourselves and send out those positive vibrations. And when we do that, we engender more compassion within ourselves for ourselves, but also those around us, in our immediate family and the world at large. So before we start, as I’ve always mentioned before, if we can get you to share this on your social media feeds, so perhaps you can share this on your Facebook timeline, your Instagram, or wherever you can post this particular-
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