Last Saturday Kathy and I went to a meditation retreat. We had a good time. During the afternoon meditation time, the lady next to me began to cough. It was a bit distracting as I was trying to picture the sky and clouds as the monk had guided us. As the coughing lady walked away and to the bathroom, I realized that instead of being annoyed, I could be praying for her. So, I prayed, even as the lady kept coughing. I began to realize she must have been frustrated and probably embarrassed. So I prayed with earnest. The lady finally did stop coughing and rejoined us. After the time of meditation as over, the monk encouraged us to share our experience with our neighbors. I talked with my neighbor making sure she was ok. She appreciated the prayers and said she was better. In the end, my neighbor and I had a better experience because I had compassion for my neighbor instead of annoyance.
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.