Hello and Happy Monday,
The Buddhists believe that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. I’m sure you have heard that before.
The yogis believe that too. In fact last week I was teaching the meaning of the aum symbol. (the ommmmm you hear or chant in a yoga class, that one). If you have seen it (picture below), the arc, or looks like a smile, is called a klesha. A klesha is an obstacle. The yogis believe that our time here can be spent in a few different ways, two of them would be to either continue getting in our own way, (going around in a loop) or making our way through the obstacles (kleshas) to find bliss or pure consciousness. While it may seem obvious which path you want to take, the obstacles we face can be pretty daunting.
This reminds me that whatever it takes to live the life I want, I’m going to do it. I’m going to try my best to continue to put myself first and to take care of those I love (that includes me). I hope this reminds you too.
Simone Biles said it best, “At the end of the day, we’re human, too, so we have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to.”
It doesn’t matter if you have won a gold medal or never been invited to the Olympics, the suffering is optional.