One of my favorite yoga principles is a simple reminder to practice. If we knew how to get to enlightenment, we’d all choose it, but we can’t. We can only practice the things that make it possible to have this happy accident. Whether you are hoping for enlightenment, or just happiness, contentment, or peace of mind, meditation is one of the practices that can increase the odds you’ll achieve it. But so is yoga, and walking, your art form, helping others, your passion. In stories, even sweeping the path can get you there. This principle is about practice. And really, anything you practice with intention, focus, discipline, and mindfulness leads toward happiness. Awakening is always an accident. Our practices make us accident prone. If we want a better life, we must practice those things that make life better.
No cults, no gurus. Yoga is a philosophical system developed over thousands of years in the Indus valley that makes a lot of sense for creating a happier, more fulfilling life. Before choosing it as my go-to, I was raised in Christianity (Roman), studied and practiced Classical (Greek) thought, Zen (Japanese) and Tao (Chinese) and my ideas and opinions are derived from personal experience and those sources. Nut shell of it all: If you want to be happy, be kind, and serve.