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“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

– Dalai Lama


Compassion – what does the word mean to you? How would you define it?


I like to think of it as having the simple and universal bottom line of “we’re all in this together”. Whatever it means to you, I think we can all agree that, sadly, it is a noticeably-depleting human resource.


The good news? You can actually change the plasticity of your brain by training compassion, just like you can train a specific muscle group. Training compassion causes a tendency towards pure altruistic helping as opposed to reciprocity-based helping. That is – you genuinely want to help that person for pure selfless reasons, not just because they helped you first.


How do you train your compassion muscle? Simple…use it more often. In today’s hectic world you will get plenty of opportunities. The next time somebody jumps in front of you in the coffee line or beeps their horn at you for taking too long to accelerate at a green light – forgive them. Remind yourself that it’s not their fault that they act the way they do. Instead of reacting from the same egoic place that fuelled their actions, perhaps ask the question; “What does this person need”? Try to see life through their eyes. Who knows what they have just been through. Remember – it’s just another human being on the same journey as you, searching for the same things that all humans are searching for; love and connection.


Once your compassion muscle starts to grow, you (and even those around you) can begin to enjoy the benefits: resilience, motivation, calm, stress mitigation, a feeling of righteousness – basically a better person in a better community.  Ultimately, this practice aims at cultivating feelings of benevolence towards all human beings, because let’s be honest – we all just want to get along! Start your training today.

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We created Barre Brisbane because we wanted to bring like-minded people together, because we know how much juicier life is when you allow yourself to truly connect, support and inspire one another. We don’t have to do life alone and sometimes it’s much more fun when you can share it and celebrate it with others.


As our first birthday quickly approaches, it’s the perfect time to stop, reflect and celebrate. Which is why we have made a commitment to celebrate something every single day for 31 days. When you consciously choose to celebrate you create memorable moments – and we promise you it will make a huge difference to how you feel!


“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”

― Abraham Joshua Heschel


We want to challenge you to celebrate your unique greatness (whatever that looks like for you) for the entire month of March. We are not just talking about celebrating big goals like buying your first home, starting a new business venture or having a child…celebrate ALL the little things that happen, like sharing random acts of kindness, diving into the ocean, letting go of an idea that no longer serves you, lovingly moving your body at the barre, drinking nourishing green smoothies and choosing to show up as your best self. These precious small-scale moments are equally as important to celebrate as the big ones. They are truly powerful and necessary if you want to embody your true self to allow yourself to expand into your full potential.


Go on – open that big beautiful heart of yours. Feel that flow of energy; be vulnerable and shine brightly!


Let’s do this together barre babes!

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