Surya means sun, and Hinduism holds that the seat of the sun within the body is in the heart.
The seat of the moon is in the brain/head.
The sun is constant, but the moon is fickle.
When you practice, lead with the heart, get the head to follow along, and let the body take care of itself.
If you're like me, you know it's all too easy to let the brain take the lead, and that can create a lot of problems with confusion, self-contradiction, and - worst of all - a real lack of kindness toward the self. Most often, I would say, the reason I'm blaming or berating myself is because I determined some ideal outcome with my head and wasn't able to bring it about, and I start to feel like nothing I do is good enough, when instead I could have chosen to act from the heart without expectation and be content or even happy with whatever outcome came my way, because I could know my motivations were the best I could make them.
So here's my little challenge for practicing kindness this week - what about leading with the heart and really letting the true essence or purpose of yourself be the way you approach the world around you? What about choosing from a place of authenticity and emotion instead of calculation and caution?
I'd love it if you'd share your thoughts or plans in the comments.