Yoga Meditation Benefits Happiness — Ira Israel Mashup

Yoga meditation benefits many facets of our lives, with the most important one being that of enabling us to achieve a state of happiness. Now, I often find myself saying to patients who are presenting to me with complaints of depression that I can make them “not-depressed” — but I can’t make them happy. That’s their job. I find that far too many of my fellow humans are literally sleep walking through life, doing all those things that someone else told them to do that would make them happy — only they seem to end up not achieving happiness at all. Instead, they wind up chasing material possessions, power over others, money, or whatever other distractions this world has to offer. They never looked inward to discover themselves. Yoga meditation is one path toward that journey of self discovery that may lead ultimately to a state of happiness. A couple of recent articles by certified yoga therapist, psychotherapist and writer Ira Israel brings home this anomaly of our current society.

 Yoga Meditation Benefits Happiness — Ira Israel Mashup

Israel believes that through such yoga, happiness is not only accessible, but elementary. He says that with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the average person so is too busy to even consider happiness an option. “In our culture,” he explained, “many people get their personal identities through their jobs or their possessions or status symbols. When you practice yoga, all of those transitory, superficial things melt away and you can get another perspective on larger questions.”

You can read the entire article here at independent.com:

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Happiness is a state of being that can be achieved by anyone with a mindful intention of making the right choices for themselves. This might mean not choosing to emphasize a material focus in their lives but instead to cultivate a more spiritual one. Here again, Ira Israel expounds on this aspect in a recent article he authored for the Huffington Post.

As it turns out, materialistic people are less happy than non-materialistic people. Perhaps the Buddha’s second noble truth that “the root of all suffering is desiring, clinging, attachment” is beginning to ring true in the West after all? Or maybe Nietzsche put it more accurately when he wrote, “Those who possess little are that much less possessed.” So if your sense of self or the meaning of your life is correlated to your bank accounts, stocks, house(s), possessions, or status symbols, then nobody will be surprised when your physician or psychiatrist hands you a script for Wellbutrin or Lexapro.

The only thing besides loving relationships that has a direct correlation to happiness is personal freedom. And yes, of course, freedom correlates to some extent with financial independence. One must have the means to make the choice between working a few more hours and going for a stroll with a friend or taking a yoga or painting class.

Definitely give the complete article a thorough read here at huffingtonpost.com:

Happiness achieved through yoga meditation benefits us both spiritually and in our daily existence. It gives us the ability to deal with life’s adversities and let downs. Living in a state of happiness makes the pursuit of materialistic goals unnecessary and distracting, and ultimately helps simplify our lives in an increasingly chaotic world.

What do you think? Has the attainment of any materialistic goal ever brought you lasting happiness? Or did happiness come to you unexpectedly from some other source when you weren’t chasing it? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

                                                                                                                                                                         —  Nathaniel Hawthorne

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