“Don’t be dead serious about your life. It’s just a play.” -Sadghuru.
Last Saturday, I attended Sadghuru’s Mystic Eye event in Toronto, so I thought I would write a post to share some of my favourite nuggets of wisdom from the evening.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Jaggi Vasudev or “Sadghuru,” he’s an Indian yogi and mystic, the author of several books and the founder of the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization offering yoga programs around the world. Truth be told, I wasn’t even very familiar with Sadghuru before I bought tickets to the event, but I had seen his Ted Talk and I knew I would appreciate what he had to say.
The room was absolutely packed (Sadghuru said there were 6,000 people there!), and although I really don’t like being in crowds, it was so worth it to be able to listen to his words and participate in the meditation at the end.
Here are some of the insights I took away from the night and the points that really stood out to me:
1. We are all pop-ups here on earth. I love that Sadghuru used the playful term “pop-ups” to describe humans because it’s so irreverent and accurate. We take ourselves so seriously, completely forgetting that our life spans are truly so short! Throughout the evening, Sadghuru strongly emphasized the fact that we are all going to die one day, and human life is fleeting and fragile in nature. It sounds depressing and frankly morbid, but he made great use of his awesome sense of humour when talking about such subjects, which was a pleasant surprise I wasn’t expecting. At some points I felt like I was at a comedy show instead of a lecture, and it was so nice to laugh while thinking about spiritual subjects instead of feeling like I had to be so serious.
2. We aren’t our minds, our bodies, our possessions or our achievements. Sadghuru’s main teaching was that as humans, we have become so deeply involved with the material world that we’ve forgotten who we are and what’s really important. We’ve started identifying ourselves by where we live or what we do for a living, neglecting our spiritual selves in the process. Towards the end of the night, we did a meditation where Sadghuru said “I am not the body” on the inhale and “I am not even the mind” on the exhale. I love this simple mantra for times when I feel anxious or wrapped up in my own stuff because it always enables me to put some distance between my thoughts and my true self.
3. Involvement vs. Entanglement. Although he emphasized the point that we aren’t our minds and bodies, Sadghuru made the important distinction between involvement in the world and entanglement. He said that while we don’t want to be “entangled” in the world and its dramas in a way that’s destructive and detrimental to our progression, we do want to be involved. We obviously came here to get sh*% done as a species, so he reminded us to maintain a balance between participation in the world and entrenchment in it.
4. We are so lucky to be alive! Sadghuru reminded me of the simple yet so often forgotten truth that it’s an absolute miracle to be alive on this earth. He said every morning, if you wake up and you’re still alive and your loved ones are still alive, that’s something to smile about. I just love that piece of wisdom because it’s so true and accessible to anyone. No matter what’s going on in your life, there’s always at least one thing to smile about.
Have you ever been to an event like Mystic Eye? What do you think of Sadghuru’s teachings?
For more tips on connecting with your spirit and banishing “entanglement” with the outside world, check out my recent post on overthinking.