Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love is such a beautiful topic this Valentine’s Day. Relating it to yogic philosophy, the Brahmaviharas come to mind. Brahmaviharas are the four states of mind that help unconditional love become more possible when practiced. They consist of (i) Metta—friendliness (ii) Karuna—compassion, (iii) Mudita—joy, and (iv) Upekkha—equanimity.  Swami Satchidananda said the following about Brahmaviharas, “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” We are reminded in yoga that cultivating this type of peaceful mental state helps to combat Vikshepa, which is the tendency of the mind to become distracted by outer things and circumstances. By cultivating the four attitudes previously discussed, this helps to keep the mind from wandering and helps to bring an inner calm and peace. There is a really great article detailing more about this topic on Yoga Journal. Here is the link: https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/love-in-full-bloom

In yoga, I think that meditation can really help with establishing that inner calm and also by generally just taking good care of yourself. We cannot forgot to unconditionally love ourselves. We all have unique, beautiful qualities to offer one another and we have to love and cherish ourselves for that inner light to come through at its brightest.  xoxo