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Maybe you know from previous articles, that I’m at an ashram in Paradise Island for two weeks, where I am taking an intensive Yoga course. Intensive meaning approximately 16 hours of practice a day (meditation, chanting, pranayama, philosophy, yoga, nutrition etc.).
Though you win so much, so much knowledge and spiritual experience, due to discipline and a genuine practice.
In my opinion, we are reincarnated on this Earth to experiment and enjoy the complexity of this lifetime, but we all want is to be happy. Everything we do has the need to be happy as inner motivation. But we get lost along the way, in the social chaos, in the outside world, trying to do as much as possible, hoping that we will gain that ideal recipe that will bring us happiness in this lifetime. But while we are busy doing, we forget to be, we forget to know ourselves and to look inside, who knows what wonders we will find there. Both yoga and many other psychological or spiritual philosophies claim that the true state of happiness lies within us.
Hindu scriptures say that our natural state is bliss, a little more than happiness, but the bustle of our mind and our everyday life have made us forget and be too focused on what’s happening in the outside universe.
We find temporary happiness in things, people or situations, but then we suffer because nothing around us is permanent.
We reflect our version of happiness in a partner, we cling to him/her, we only see that projection from our mind, and when he/she does not behave exactly as we dreamt, we suffer again. We constant cling to people and goals which we believe will make us happy. But you realize what a huge responsibility put on the shoulders of those people? Do you realize how vulnerable we become and how wrong this inner intent of ours is? We most of the times you don’t love the person in front of us for who they really are, we love them for the way they make us feel.
Now let’s change the perspective a little. Imagine how it would be self-accountable for your own happiness, to be emotionally independent. This is what true freedom really is. For our inner state to not be dependent on anyone and anything. Only on ourselves. We are, however the only item in this Universe that we can control, with a little work, but it is possible. When we reach that state of “bliss” coming from the inside, all we experiment will have gone through that filter, every person we meet, we would sincerely love, no attachments, no expectations.
Nobody said that is easy to develop such an emotional maturity, but it is possible and it’s certainly worth it. For the freedom and happiness independent of impermanent exterior elements.
It’s only natural that holidays, material things or the passion of love make us happy, but even in those moments, everything comes from within, they’re just inner buttons that are being pressed and that wonderful state appears of which we become dependent.
It is unrealistic and very frustrating to think that we may be continually happy, this is not the idea we want to follow.
The main cause of our suffering is our attachment to a certain result that you want.
Through self-discovery, through love, discipline, knowledge, openness and an intense desire to change the mechanisms inside us which have been working like this for thousands and thousands of years.