Happiness is an Illusion.
This time of year can be difficult for so many. Including those who appear "happy".
It can be important to remember that happiness is an emotional response, not a state of mind. Often a response from realizing a desire or gaining an attachment. Self gratification.
We may wonder why we aren't "happy" like others seem to be. We are now, more than ever, in a constant state of comparing. We are being marketed to almost every hour of every day. Our first questions to new people seem to be "what do you do?" as in, how can I compare my ego to yours. Instead of, what outlets bring you joy?
The aim behind the practice of yoga is to develop a state of dispassion. Although that may sound like a state of not giving an F....and it kind of is...it's more a state of accepting the world as it is.
Letting go of desire, attachment, ego.
Giving yourself to a greater purpose, a distraction for the mind, where instead of becoming obsessed with self, with your pain, with your story; you find a purpose greater than yourself and your ego.
It's called a "practice" for a reason...some moments we suck at it. We give in to desire and quickly become addicted to wanting something "else". - chasing the next fleeting feeling of happiness. Or, we get addicted to the comfort of our own pain and sadness.
Noticing and awareness are the keys to change.
Good luck 🙏🤐
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Sara Bylo is an ongoing student of Yoga. Specifically, the non-sectarian teachings from Baba Hari Dass through the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga (in Ashtanga Yoga with the roots in practical Hatha yoga )