Ananda

The Sanskrit Word for today - Ananda - is translated as "pure bliss."  For many, pure bliss is an illusion.  They believe it's impossible or non-existent. This could not be further from truth, and it is the responsibility of the light-seekers and love-spreaders to fix that. Something brought you to this blog; it's not like you were shopping for a new car or a manicure, and you ended up here.  You are seeking bliss.  We all deserve as much pure bliss as much as possible, as often as possible, and if we work hard for it - we can live in it eternally.  

"According to Paramhansa Yogananda, ananda can only be found through regular, deep meditation. This joy lives within and cannot be found through anything outside oneself. When one has divine joy, the joy remains despite any difficult outward circumstances."
- Paramhansa Yogananda

Make a list of any and all times that you felt like you were experiencing pure bliss. Where were you? Who were you with? What were the experiences or circumstances around that moment in your life?  Here’s the hardest part - how could you repeat that experience without being attached to those circumstances? If your moment of pure joy was on the beach in Maui on your honeymoon, what was it about that moment that was joyous?  Was it the love between you and your partner? The warmth of the sun? Take some time to really think through that. How can we create that bliss all day, everyday, while also practicing non-attachment.

I believe it is through regular, mantra-based meditation.  I have experienced it in Yoga Nidra, and most recently I have used mantras in my meditation and have had similar connections to my blissful self.  I am working on living in a state of pure joy all day, everyday.  It is definitely a work in progress.

When I can’t find my keys in the morning, I always start at the place where I'm thinking, "well, there goes another day."  Then, I catch myself. I take some time to breathe and reset. I remind myself that one annoying morning does not mean that my day will be shitty. I recognize that I am what Gabby Bernstein calls a “super-attractor,” and if I get stuck in that moment, I will guarantee a shitty day. This takes a lot of discipline and a lot of time, but it can change the course of your day, week, or month.  You have to decide what state you want to live in; a state of frustration or a state of pure bliss. If you can pull off even a moment, or are blessed enough to find an entire day of Ananda, please tell me how in the comments below.   Also, welcome to Yinsa Yoga <3