Walking through misery to find joy

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Walking through misery to find joy

Recently we took a particularly swampy, crowded and intense evening class.

It was brutal. Sometimes the hot room has its own agenda.

After class my friends and I slumbered into the locker room to grab a seat, catch our breath, guzzle some water and regret everything we ate for lunch earlier that day.

For the first few minutes, not a word was spoken. But soon we all lifted our heads up, took one look at each other and started laughing. As if to reassure each other, thank god it wasn’t just me.

That’s a beautiful moment in yoga. Especially if you’re fortunate enough to have a strong, connected community. Yoga is an easy way to make each other feel less alone in their misery. And more importantly, a helpful way to learn how to walk through misery to find joy.

Remember, each person we practice yoga with carries a little backpack with their own misery in it. But once we open it up and vulnerably bring it out into the open, we quickly realize that we’re all carrying the same things.

We don’t have our own specific brand of suffering after all.

How do you walk through misery to find joy?

Scott Ginsberg is the author of 40 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat. Scott is a Community Leader at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, where he is a daily practitioner and the Managing Editor of their award winning blog. Learn more at  www.nametagscott.com

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