Can you find happiness within rather than being reliant on anything external?
Do you say things like, ‘I’ll be happy WHEN …
and then there is a great list of possibilities …
*When I lose 10 pounds (or kilos)
*When I have the perfect relationship
*When i have the perfect house
*When I have the perfect children
*When I have the perfect job
*When I can travel overseas again
*When I have a more up-to-date wardrobe
It is so easy to think that it is external things that give us happiness – the cake, the chocolate (oh yes, the chocolate!!), the perfect relationship, the right income, being the right weight, wearing the right clothes, children behaving, things going to your ‘plan’.
But … really … how can something external have such an effect on our state?
Surely we know that is not a long-lasting or reliable situation?
Being happy is much more an attitude and an inner state. This is the living practice of yoga off the mat, isn’t it?
And it is something we all have access to if we drop the mental chatter for a bit and feel within. Can you do that? Can you close your eyes and feel a sense of quiet, a sense of watching and perhaps even a warm glow inside? Can you sit with that feeling? Can you even allow it to expand?
We really do have to find our own happiness. Our own inner joy that is remarkably reliable, even if things are not going the way we want them to. Perhaps you first taste this feeling on the yoga mat? Or out in nature? Then it is a matter of remembering it, of keeping the feeling, of practicing yoga off the mat as well.
As the saying goes ‘happiness is an inside job’.
It really is. Have you found that? Please share your experience!
Much more meaning than is teased out here can be taken from these cards, this is just a start.
You can purchase your own set of these ‘Yoga off the mat, contemplations to enrich your practice’ cards from the store HERE and postage is free in Australia. They make a perfect gift too.
The gorgeous original picture on the front of each card is by Gayle Stone Art.