Calling all 90’s kids and 2000’s music enthusiasts! This one is for you.
if you want to transport yourself back to 2000 for 4 minutes:
In her hit song Lucky, Britney Spears asks,
“She is so lucky, but why does she cry?
If there is nothing missing in her life
Why do tears come at night?”
Yoga answers: Because Lucky isn’t taking herself as a person seriously, and also isn’t practicing Yoga.
To break this down, we need to first understand what a person is.
According to Yoga, persons are the kinds of things that thrive given their own Sovereignty.
Sovereignty is defined by two traits (Yoga Sūtra I.24):
- Unconservativism (tapas): being free from the consequences of past choices
- Self-Governance (svādhyāya): being free to self-discover and own one’s values
When given their own Sovereignty, people are given the opportunity to practice devotion to unconservativism and self-governance (aka practice self-responsibility).
When you practice Sovereignty, you practice living life on your own terms.
Luck completely undermines this practice!
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If you live a life of luck, you are not challenging yourself or leaning into and breaking down inherited boundaries.
If you live a life of luck, you are not free to move forward and own your values.
If you live a life of luck, you are stuck. You are taking no self-responsibility and therefore have no self-control.
You are at the mercy of your experience (Yoga Sūtra I.4).
Britney goes on to describe that Lucky is,
“Lost in an image, in a dream
But there’s no one there to wake her up.”
Again, here Lucky is relying on the luck of an external force coming along that will rouse her from her current state.
No wonder she is crying at night! It sounds like a pretty tough way to live life.
And this is also the way many people choose to live. In the unwellness industry I see a lot of information being shared such as, ‘if it’s meant for you, it will find you.’ The Yoga response is that nothing will find you if you don’t choose to be found.
If you do nothing to take responsibility for bringing something about, then you are living like Lucky: at the mercy of the external environment that is completely outside of your control.
There is an alternative!
Yoga invites Lucky is to start taking herself seriously as a person: the kind of thing that thrives when given Sovereignty.
And once she takes herself seriously, she can start practicing devotion to Sovereignty, effectively creating a life that is the result of the choices she makes (Yoga Sūtra I.2-.3).
What do you think? Where can you start to take more responsibility in your life? How can you practice devotion to Sovereignty?
Sending you love,
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