One of my dear friends who happens to be at a difficult crossroad in life said something really insightful to me the other day. “Yoga has totally messed me up. I can’t continue to be unhappy about being unhappy.” And we just smiled at each other. This is the power in yoga, really the power in you. In my past, I would get sad or angry and then often become even sadder about being sad or angrier about being angry. I would have created an entire epic drama in mind. I guess you could say that is the power of the mind. Today, things don’t frazzle me as often as they used to. And when they do, those emotions just don’t stay with me for as long. That is what my friend was trying to say; no matter how difficult life can become at times, yoga allows you to experience it without you yourself becoming the experience. You become the mindful observer. Your essence, your spirit is something separate, while at the same time completely immersed. Our challenge in life is to cultivate a way to be connected to experience without being attached to it. And as these attachments lessen, we can begin the work of opening into a freer and more expansive place, where perspective shifts toward something much greater, often beyond the mind and deep into the compass of our hearts.
“Enlightenment is the “quiet acceptance of what is”. I believe the truly enlightened beings are those who refuse to allow themselves to be distressed over things that are simply the way they are.” ~ Wayne Dyer