Project 40 & Figuring it Out
Day 42: who says you have to be "happy" all the time
Social media & plenty of other sources trick us into thinking we need to be "happy" all the time. What does "happy" even mean? I suppose we can dork out about the biochemical processes that cause this state, but I'll start by approaching it from its antithesis / a yogic point of view.
Swami Satchidananda summarizing Yoga Sutra 2.15:
To one with discrimination, everything is painful indeed, due to its consequences: the anxiety and fear over losing what is gained; the resulting impressions left in the mind to create renewed cravings...in this world, all experiences that come from the outside (nature, material things) are ultimately painful.
Oh my, if this is true we can wipe that fake it 'till you make it smile off our faces and just stay in bed!
I'll try again – what if we could think about "happiness" as remaining in a neutral state, uncolored by what is going on around us – a state of just being and less reflective of the outside world. I guess I just put a yogic spin on it anyway 🙂
note about quote: John Lennon travelled to Rishikesh (northern India) to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram to study Eastern philosophy / meditation...