I am currently on a train from Boston to NYC on my journey back to the bay area. Needless to say, my training was INTENSE! So much was learned and I am ready to get back home and hit the ground running. Blog posts, bay area workshops, and individual services will be in full force upon my arrival on the West Coast.
At Kripalu in MA, they have these plaques on the walls of the stairwells with inspirational quotations. The plaque above relates to the topic of this blog post. “Yoga” as it is used here can be exchanged with happiness, purpose, dharma, life of your dreams, etc.
One of the most poignant things that I have noticed in the “real world” after I left my little yoga utopia of Kripalu, is the palpable unhappiness that radiates off of so many people in the world. Simply sitting on the subway, the majority of people look frustrated, dejected, tired, stressed, and other states of being that are less than desirable.
The good news is that we can live a life that is pain-free, low-stress, meaningful, joyful and spiritually full. Despite claims to the contrary, there is no get-rich/healthy/happy quick scheme that actually works in any sort of meaningful way. There are however things you can do in whatever part of your life that feels unbalanced that can bring you not only to an equilibrium in your life, but to a high degree of wellness and happiness.
Our country’s founders had the difficulties of the human condition in mind when they phrased “the pursuit of happiness” as something that takes consistent work and practice to be experienced. If we dedicate ourselves to healing and growing path, we can achieve amazing things for ourselves and for this world.
This post is less of practical as it is inspirational. With the time I will have at home along with the enormity of wonderful information I gained on my training, I will be providing you the framework in several areas of your life to enable that practice and pursuit of happiness to yield results.
The beautiful thing is that you can start wherever and however you currently are. It sounds kind of corny, but today, this moment is where your journey can begin. No matter how your life has looked up until this second, you have a choice to move in a different direction forward.
The second part of the quotation relates to “non-attachment.” Deepak Chopra said that “intention is desire without attachment.” What this is saying is that it takes consistent practice to heal and grow into the life of your dreams. The other side of practice is allowing the things that you strive for to come into your life. A sense of surrender or letting go of the outcomes is a helpful counterpart to practice on the healing/growing journey. By all means practice and set intentions for the things that will best serve you. At the same time, it can also be helpful to be open and flexible to the unique and surprising opportunities that begin to show up in your life as you move forward. These opportunities may be in alignment with your “plan” of how things are and often the things we need the most, are sometimes the hardest to accept. I encourage you to have an open heart and a discerning mind as you move forward in your life.
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