Cristina is one of my close friends. She has a sister who recently got back from a week long yoga retreat called Vipassana in California. As you can imagine, one of the big goals of these retreats is to step away from the world and find inner peace. Sounds very fitting for anything yoga related. There is absolutely no form of technology allowed inside this camp. Imagine it… in a world surrounded by media and technology, escaping it all for seven days to concentrate on a very natural and therapeutic way of finding happiness. When her sister returned, Cristina shared with me some of the wise lessons that she had learned while at the yoga camp, “One of the most important things that we learned in Vipassana is that ultimately your happiness and emotional stability aren’t dependent on anyone else. We create our own misery by projecting our desires and expectations onto others. Then we feel the let down when our expectations aren’t met based on their reactions. They talked a lot at Vipassana about good feelings and bad feelings, that we should observe them objectively rather than becoming attached to the good feelings or generating negativity over bad feelings, just observe them as they are, understanding that no one feeling is ever permanent.”
We may not all have the opportunity to take a week at a yoga retreat, but we can apply this lesson in our own lives, remembering that happiness in our lives is only a result of how we choose to see it all.
“And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.” -Mosiah 24: 15