Jealousy in Yoga, Part Two
In my Finding Isvara post last week, Jealousy in Yoga, Part One, I discuss what it means to be a yogi in the throes of a moment of jealousy. Are you a human? Then I'm pretty sure you can relate… It happens to everyone.
Jealousy often has a negative connotation. We feel bad about our moments of jealousy. Sometimes we even feel guilty after being jealous. And admitting to jealousy? Well, no thanks. Yet, what would happen if we looked at jealousy from a different vantage point?
Rather than feeling jealousy and the correlating feelings of disappointment, we could work on feeling acceptance. Accepting the fact that we’re jealous. Accepting the fact that we’re disappointed because we’re jealous. Turning the situation around and looking at it from a different angle could help to relieve its grip. Self-acceptance can be very difficult, especially when we’re trying to accept the darker parts of ourselves. But jeez, is it necessary!
When we’re feeling jealous, taking a deeper look at the feeling and it’s root cause could help as well… The underlying cause of jealousy is often just below the surface if we take the time to notice. Often, self inquiry is not our default when we’re feeling jealous. Because of this, we project outward, rather than turning inward to find its point of origin. Jealous projections are ugly! When I watched the Laruga Glacer YouTube video and proceeded to self deprecate, I could have looked a little deeper to understand that it had nothing to do with Laruga, and everything to do with low self esteem.
Jealousy can be our teacher, if we let it. Allowing oneself to fall down the rabbit hole and feel jealous is ok. It’s what we do with that jealousy that is important. Learning how to turn it around, to rid jealousy of it’s negativity, and to use it for benefit will change the game. Feel it, accept it, learn from it, and move on. Change the story... It's your world.