In yoga we talk about Ahimsa, non-harming, compassion. Wednesday morning I saw some stories on the morning news that were, at least, extreme forms of Ahimsa.
One of the stories was about a building fire in New York. They showed a man hanging from a window. Another man was on a nearby fire escape trying to reach the trapped man. A ladder was brought up the fire escape. It was extended from the fire escape level below the man to the window below the man. The man who was trying to help the trapped man, walked across the ladder and guided the trapped man down to the ladder. Both men walked back across the ladder! WOW! Talk about stepping out for another person!
I also heard an interview with a person who survived the Navy Yard shooting. This man saw the shooter shoot a friend right in front of him. He could have melted, but ran around the building shooting for everyone to get out, saving lots of lives.
Have you heard or read a story of compassion? Please share stories with us.
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.