“No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this. The only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a principle in yogic philosophy called Swadhaya. It means the study of one’s self through outward observation and inner reflection. Emerson’s quote is an eloquent summary of Swadhaya.
Swadhaya is reclamation of our own ability to know what is true for ourselves. It is inner truth or knowingness of what agrees with us and what does not. It requires personal responsibility and discipline to say “no.” Swadhaya fosters self-understanding. Understanding nurtures self-compassion. When we have and personally know compassion for ourselves, we are able to extend it to all. Blessings!
Get curious about you and enjoy!