We’ve all had those moments of bliss, of joy. Tingles on the skin, a smile on the heart, a lightness of mind and matter. Yes, we’ve ALL had them, whether we remember them or not. It’s in these beautiful moments that we reach a hand to the divine residing within ourSELVES and let go. It’s BEE-YOU-TEA-FULL yes?
So why are these moments fleeting? Why do they come and go? Why can’t life all be snips and snails and puppy dog tails?
WHY WHY WHY WHOSAWHATSIT?!
Ah my friends, the reality is that it CAN be. That source of joy isn’t something we find outside of our own skin. It is a well that resides deep within. Sure our friends, families, a really wonderful yoga class…they can all tap in to that well, but the well is still OURS. Nothing makes us happy, it isn’t something to aspire to. It is a way of moving through life. Joy is the mode of travel, not the destination ’cause honey pie, ain’t nothin’ certain about that destination except that it ends and renews. Circle of life darlin’.
The ancient yogis understood this, at least from a spiritual standpoint. They knew that residing in the world, indulging in worldly goods, feeding our egos with relationships and success, while all JUST FINE and DANDY weren’t the actual “tickets” so to speak to living a full life. Money, possessions, relationships they aren’t what make us happy and fulfilled, they are what fill our journey to uncover our own inner light by giving us perspective. Eventually we all complete this life, we all have the same destination. Why not let the journey be the focus?
(side note: you don’t need to go live in the untamed forest alone to see bliss as the old yogis did in their search of samadhi. Just because joy doesn’t reside outside of yourselves doesn’t mean there isn’t an undeniable connection the world around us, a UNION, that is bound to our dharma…another topic another day.)
So next time, dear ones, that you are on your mat or in the world and that little voice pops up in your mind, your joints, your muscles, your heart that says “oh he/ she/ it/ this, that makes me soooo happy! I have to get/ do/ experience more of this!” SHIFT your perspective and realize that if you open up and LET GO, you will find that state is inside already. Take the adult “sensibility” out of the picture and apply the innocence and vulnerability of true youth to every moment. You’ll start to see the beauty, bliss, and sheer amazement of every second as it connects back to your inner SELF. Aparigraha – Neutralizing the desire to acquire and hoard wealth- applies here. On the flip side in the niyama category is Santosa, modesty and the feeling of being content with what we have. To be at peace within and content with one’s lifestyle finding contentment even while experiencing life’s difficulties for life becomes a process of growth in which life opens up and the floodgates open. If you realize the wealth is inside there is no need to seek it elsewhere, contentment and joy are yours. No need to seek, just SEE.
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
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