Yogis around the world regard Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras as a foundational text. Patañjali offers helpful advice on a wide variety of topics, but this article will focus on just one: loving-kindness. Growing up, nearly all of us learned about the importance of kindness from our parents, the Golden Rule, religious teachings, or other people. In Chapter 1, Sutra 33 of the Yoga Sūtras, Patañjali writes (in Sanskrit) Maitrī karuṇā muditā upeksanam sukha duhkha punya apunya visayanam
It’s strange to be living during a period of unprecedented challenging times. Hopefully soon we will be looking back and processing this experience in retrospect. Until then, pausing periodically to realize what we’ve learned, or are learning along the way, may provide some valuable lessons.
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