Maitrī (pronounced “my-tree”) is described as unconditional acceptance and friendliness to oneself, and an active practice that is missing in our Western society. At Maitri House, our intention is to assist individuals in cultivating more warmth, acceptance, and compassion with themselves, and in their lives exactly as they are.
“Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” –Pema Chödrön
Our therapeutic approaches in both individual, group, and yoga therapy, is to come HOME to yourself. By bringing awareness to all the ways we have abandoned ourselves, we can find our way back to our own sense of safety. This safety is not available outside of our own hearts. We have to go back to our inner child, to recognize the suffering held there, embrace the suffering, and learn to self-sooth. Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. We can help you to go home to your own heart, and be there for yourself in new, healing ways.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” –Pema Chödrön
Our therapeutic practice is to share in the journey of healing, heart to heart, as equals, with the individuals we work with.