Practice Yoga with Compassion

Posted by admin on 14 Nov 07

Practice Yoga with Compassion

While thinking of what to write next, I came across Keeyit’s blog today and noticed this wonderful tagline:

  • Yesterday is History
  • Tomorrow is Mystery
  • Today is a Gift
  • That’s why we call it Present

It is so easy to take people for granted. When we judge people according to our own bias, we do not allow ourselves the opportunity to receive the Gift which that person has to offer.

Yoga gift

Here is a story which I received in an email yesterday. I hope you are inspired to receive that Gift from those whom you may take for granted.

A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along at all with her mother-in-law.

Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law’s habits. In addition, the mother-in-law criticized Li-Li constantly.

Days passed, and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting. But what made the situation even worse was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappinessin the house was causing Li-Li’s poor husband great distress.

Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law’ s bad temper and dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about it. Li-Li went to see her father’s good friend, Mr Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all.

Mr Huang thought for awhile, and finally said, “Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.

Li-Li said, “Yes, Mr Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to do”.

Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs.

He told Li-Li, “You can’t use a quick-acting poison to get rid of yourmother-in-law, because that would cause people to become suspicious. Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. Now, in order to make sure that nobody suspects you when she dies, you must be very careful to act very friendly towards her. Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen”.

Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr Huang and hurried home to start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.

Weeks went by, and months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served the specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.

After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had practised controlling her temper so much that she found
that she almost never got mad or upset. She hadn’t had an argument with her mother-in-law in six months because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with.

The mother-in-law’ s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter. She kept telling friends
and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in- law one could ever find.

Li-Li and her mother-in-law were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter.

Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see what was happening.

One day, Li-Li came to see Mr Huang and asked for his help again. She said, “Dear Mr Huang, please help me to keep the poison from killing my mother-in-law! She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her”.

Mr Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there’s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her”.

How you treat other people is exactly how they will treat you. There is a wise Chinese saying:
“The person who loves others will also be loved in return.

God may be trying to work in another person’s life through you.

God may be trying to work in YOUR life through others.

(The divine in me greets the divine in you)

Archived in the category: Learning & Lifestyle

3 comments for “Practice Yoga with Compassion”


Firstly, thanks for dropping by at my blog. I am practising yoga actually at Les studio, PJ.

Like your blog actually..

Totally agreed with you that how people treat you actually is reflected on how you treat people..

November 16th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Hey that’s great! a fellow yoga blogger! I haven’t been to Les Studio but always notice their eye-catching banners outside. Thanks for your complements, I actually find it quite hard to maintain a consistent writing pattern, thanks for your encouragement :)

Another way of looking at the moral of the story is the saying of Lord Jesus Christ:

“in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”

November 16th, 2007 at 11:24 pm

Nice story!
Thanks for sharing it as I have not read it before! 😀

Off topic:
Dear yogi, your question regarding in this linkie:
has been answered:

From this url:
Check out the bottom: offered in: Bahasa Malaysia

Advertising Programs – About Google – Go to

©2007 Google

Notice the “Go to” linkie there?
Click it. :)

Alternatively, you can use this linkie:

Enjoy! Hope that helped!

December 1st, 2007 at 5:44 pm

Leave a Reply