Om Mani Padme Hum

It’s 6.20am on a Tuesday morning.

Having waited 7 mins at the station for the central line tube, despite politely asking “can you move down please” (yes, I’m that person) no one moved and I wiggled myself in to a gap between two bodies and contort myself to allow the doors to close. I would usually wait for the next one but they don’t come often enough at this time to guarantee I’d get to the studio in time to set the space up for 50 yogis by 6.45.

As I look around, trying not to get caught up in how frustrating it is that the man with three feet in front of him didn’t take a step forward, I notice each of these people.

So human.

So different on the outside and yet all with the common desire for happiness and avoidance of suffering.

We all share so much in that, a common goal experienced through different vehicles. Compassion doesn’t exist as an exclusive effort towards your loved ones. Compassion is within each of us, and as I sit (I now have a seat) on the tube with the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum playing through my headphones, I remember to wish for the liberation of all beings from suffering by calling on the compassion and wisdom within me. And I even feel compassion now, to the man who would not make space on the tube...I think!

Om Mani Padme Hum is the six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra.

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OM - generosity

MA - ethics

NI - patience

PAD - diligence

ME - renunciation

HUM - wisdom