Last Thursday, Stanford Bhakti Yoga Club and the Hindu Student Association of Stanford hosted spiritual leader Radhanath Swami for a talk called “Redefining Success.” During the 500-person event, Swami discussed compassion and balancing one’s inner and outer worlds.
Caught up in schoolwork and hectic schedules, students at Stanford can find it difficult to focus on personal wellbeing. Stanford’s 1-unit class MED 130: “The Practice of Happiness,” approaches the broad and abstract topic of happiness through practical techniques for relaxation and stress management.
At Stanford, we have the privilege of resources many do not have access to outside of this bubble. It is important to acknowledge this fact for our own well-being while navigating hostile spaces. When we leave here, we must work to make self-care a part of our lives, and strive for self-care implementations in our home communities who may not have access to other options.
Self love isn’t the be all and end all of self improvement. But self love, whether you focus on it or not, is all-pervasive. Its presence or absence can impact everything from our relationships to our performance in our day-to-day lives.