If you are suffering from depression or anxiety you are not alone. Despite all the conveniences and advances of the modern age, many of us struggle to find happiness, contentment and ease in life. Sadly, our societies rarely address the issue of how to create and maintain inner peace and so most of us are left feeling uncertain, worried or restless. Advertising and the media insist that if we are not happy there is something inherently wrong with us and ironically always seems to offer a solution that can be bought. If only we had more money, more possessions, more friends, looked better....then we could be happy.
The problem here is two-fold. First of all suffering is a natural part of life and no one can always be happy. We need to honour how we feel, rather than idealising how we should feel. In fact, our suffering often provides the ground for transformation and when we deny our painful feelings and try to exterminate them we prevent any change or growth from happening.
Secondly, we need to understand that well-being cannot be bought or given to us by another person. This misconception causes us to look outside to heal the rift within. Even if we quell the difficult feelings for a moment with something external, sooner or later the same feeling will arise, often leading us to be even more despondent than before. The journey towards well-being is an internal quest.
The Yoga for the Mind philosophy is that each pose and each breath is an opportunity to notice how we respond, what we resist, and what we believe. Nothing is rejected. Each and every thought, feeling and experience on the yoga mat offers the potential to learn or gain a valuable insight into how we can let go, where we can find lightness, and how growth is possible