It is easy to fall into the dictates of Happycracy as Eva Illouz named her book when you are familiar in the wellness fields, such as for yoga, meditation, mindfulness, art therapy etc. Our contemporary society has come to consider the unsatisfied as incapable. The euphoria at any price is accompanied by hyperculpabilization of those who do not reach it. Pascal Bruckner has wrote Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy underlining the same problem: the ideology of happiness that has become a collective imperative:it has become a duty whitch derives to anxiety.We are obsessed with how to be healthy, to have a successful life, etc. But the object of happiness is totally vague, it is an endless quest. Nobody knows what it really is, or what it means to be successful in life.
Mindful practice of yoga, meditation,arts doesn't bring us happiness in the sense of euphoria_ or better said, it might bring us moments of intense joy, but a steady practice of yoga must bring acceptance: acceptance of life as what happens to us, but also acceptance as our reactions towards life. Our practice should bring us the capacity to discriminate our emotions from our true self, only this will bring us serenity and equilibrium with life's flow. The liberating message of yoga is that we have the conscious power to distinguish ourselves from our emotions, and this is also true for hapinness: we are capable of enjoying a moment of euphoria but we are also mindful enough to understand to accept the feeling and let it go when it's time for it to go. This brings freedom. It preserves the yogi not to fall into frenetic quests of constant happiness.
A poetry of Melih Cevdet Anday may resume better the complexity to reduce ourselves to emotions...
''I saw my father in my dream'', he told us,
''I cried so much and begged,
He didn't understand, maybe he didn't even recognize me. ”
“Of course, my son, Kirishna the teacher said.
“If the soul is immortal,
Can it tell about mortal feelings? "