He of course being the super analytical one of us would always wish for an infinite amount of wishes. (Smart kid.) I on the other hand would almost always wish to be happy. That’s it. I reasoned that if I wished for happiness, then it didn’t matter what was going on around me. It didn’t matter if I were poor or rich. Married or single. Professional or not. NO matter what I would always have my happiness.
Verse 18 in book 2 of the Yoga Sutras speaks to this very same idea.
This idea that nature, which includes the environment but also our bodies, minds, senses and intellect, are ever changing. And “Nothing in nature can bring the mind continuous, unchanging happiness, because the mind itself changes constantly.” – Sri Swami Satchidananda
We’ve heard this same idea in more than one way haven’t we?
The bible tells us to seek the Kingdom of God before all things. In other words seek joy first and everything else will be added to it.
Abraham Hicks says to seek alignment with Source first and then all your desires will come to you.
If you think about it, everything we do is to bring us joy or happiness. We lose weight because we think it will make us happy. We have children because we feel it will add to our happiness. We even get married because we feel it will make us happy.
But what the Sutras is hinting at here, is to seek THAT first. To seek Happiness and Joy. To let those be your goals, instead of seeking the means to happiness.
Patanjali is reminding us that while having a baby may certainly bring us joy that is only temporary. Ya’ll know that at some point after delivery, the “pain” of waking up at 2am, having sore nipples and being sleep deprived won’t feel so joyous! Eh?
He’s pointing out that everything that we chase after in the physical world is fleeting. But real joy, happiness, bliss are always present. And always being projected by your Source (Atman).
And so when you get on your mat to practice. When you sit to meditate. That connection is what you seek. Because that connection is where joy, peace and happiness exists!
Here’s to a happy and joy-filled week!
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