Day 22 : Giving and Receiving Compassion


This practice invites us to explore our most compassionate selves, both in how we give and receive compassion. Compassion means being present with the suffering of ourselves and others, and wishing to offer kindness and support. By cultivating compassion, we learn to see suffering as a universal part of being human, and by opening our hearts and having the courage to be with whatever is causing it -- whether that’s anxiety, sadness, fear -- instead of running away, we can transform any pain into kind action and deeper connections to others. Compassion is also contagious, so by practicing this way of living, you will inspire other acts of kindness, and ultimately contribute to a happier, more caring world.

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Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a national level. She has been part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-centered yoga curriculum, which she trains yoga teachers and clinicians to deliver through workshops across the country. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes.