Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Understanding my own disquiet took many years. Happiness was always circumstantial. I would feel calm and relaxed immediately in the moments after my yoga
class, or when everything aligned at certain moments of a day. But very quickly old patterns of struggle would return. I would again be pulled back
to struggle street – comparing myself to others, with a constant stream of inner dialogue, moments of nervousness and sometimes all out anxiety. It
all creates suffering.
The ancients of course understood that part of being human involves some level of suffering. The first of Buddha’s four noble truths is often translated
as “life is suffering”. But there are practices to lead us away from the inevitable suffering of being human. Buddhism refers to a calmer, more lasting
peace as a kind of ceaseless joy – a preferable substitute to forever seeking circumstantial happiness. It helps us to first see how we are in our
travelling in our internal landscapes and then gives us the tools to traverse these towards more lasting contentment.
The temptation is to reach for a drink or snack, to change position or change the metaphorical channel. Instead, mindfulness asks us to use the mood to
enquire into our inner world. To see that through presence and kind attention, we can deliver more peace to the moment.
Students often tell me that once they begin yoga and start to have some level of awareness, they feel an obligation to let go of anger, of jealousy, of
road rage. This is a misunderstanding of the principles of this practice. Yoga is less about trying to live in a state of perpetual happiness, or perfection
or control. It’s more about building the tools that keep us grounded, centred and able to recover from moments of anger or fear. Real mental health
is about resilience, rather than seeking some idea of what happiness should feel like.
Bryony is a qualified AcuEnergetics® Meditation Teacher. Bryony has been teaching Yoga for over ten years and is the owner and Director of Egg Of The Universe Yoga and Wholefoods Cafe. She enjoys how AcuEnergetics® and Yoga can compliment each other with such grace and is continually inspired by the teachings of Kevin Farrow. Similar to her yoga classes, Bryony guides people in meditation with a simple, structured and accessible style.