“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness”
-The Yoga Sutras By Patanjali
The Yoga Sutras are a reading requirement for my 200 hour certification and this one has been by far my favorite. Any moment that I feel anxiousness or irritability towards another human being this sutra comes to mind and bring me the tools I need to carry out the interaction.
Sometimes cultivating these emotions when our ego wants us to feel something else is hard. But in the long term shutting the ego down is what helps us live the life we want and deserve.
Be happy for those happy people instead of trying to bring them down.
Feel compassion for the unhappy and hope that they find happiness again.
Feel delight in the virtuous, they are a reflection of what you can achieve, they are the ones who give you the fire to achieve it.
And my personal favorite, disregard the wicked.
I invite you to write this down, keep it in your back pocket, and remember it when you encounter one of the four of these people.