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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
The Rockaway Times
EMPATHY
By Helen Kilgallen
Recently, my body had an
unexpected injury that seem-
ingly came from nowhere.
The signs were not there and
I felt super strong and flexi-
ble. I was searching for lots
of challenging yoga poses that
would help with raw emo-
tions coming from sadness,
anger, frustrating situations
that life sometimes brings on.
The journey of yoga is mov-
ing your energy through your
body to update yourself, of-
ten liberating mind and body
from limiting beliefs. We
think we get over things, but
we really don’t. The memory
is always there and for me it
usually takes residency in my
body.
The shoulders in Eastern
medicine are associated with
the lung meridian, the emo-
tion being grief. Often, we
will hear how some people
shoulder everything in life.
Stiff shoulders and the cervi-
cal spine are often associated
with sorrow. This may seem
far-fetched to many but I have
witnessed many shoulder in-
juries with unhappiness. Our
bodies are highly intelligent
and they can harbor so many
emotions.
We have the potential to
move out of suffering and
doubt, making a path for a
clear, inspired, and centered
life. It is through certain prac-
tices in yoga that open the
energy paths and gives way
to this freedom. Sometimes
we can hide in our practices
by doing the same things over
and over. I believe we need
to change it up and face our
fears, sometimes even with
an injury that teaches us em-
pathy and compassion.
Empathy is the capacity to
understand or feel what an-
other being is experiencing.
You need to know exactly how
it feels to walk in that oth-
er person’s shoes. Empathy
leads to compassion. As hu-
man beings the ultimate gift
is to feel empathy and com-
passion towards one anoth-
er. Opening the heart chakra
awakens us to pure compas-
sion and the desire to be of
service. Moving the raw ener-
gy of emotion into devotion.
Sometimes we must feel the
pain to have true empathy to-
wards a person.
The human being is a ves-
sel. In the yoga world we are
made up of five koshas (lay-
ers of being): physical, ener-
gy, mental, wisdom and bliss.
The physical is the most obvi-
ous for most of us. But delve
deeper and you begin to heal
fully from a cellular level.
The embodied bliss does not
come from our thoughts. Per-
ception of life is seen through
a different lens as you let go
of your anger and resent-
ment. Clarity and openness
become a way of life for you
when you open your body in
a gentle and kind way. Mov-
ing old, stagnant energy leads
to changes in perspective and
ultimately complete trans-
formation. When grace de-
scends you will be liberated
from attachment of thoughts,
materialistic things, etc. The
problem becomes the solu-
tion.
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