A Compassion Incubator

Life lessons can be found everywhere and in every moment. You don’t need to sit on a cushion in silence, but you do need to open yourself up to the moment and its possibilities. Meditator, writer, and gym teacher, Alex Tzelnic, describes how an elementary school gym class can function as a “compassion incubator” for the Tricycle blog (22 Feb 2016) in “(Meta)Physical Education: Temper Temper”

Conflict in gym, as in life, is inevitable. Compassion is not. Yet I have many students that compete like little Buddhas, content no matter the outcome. As one of my basketball players said after we lost our first game of the season, “We came in second place!”