Having just experienced July 4th, a day commemorating us changing the circumstances to suit us, I was reminded by the conversations among my holiday compatriots that sometimes we can’t.

Wendy grills up a yogic picnic

ISHTA Yogiraj and founder Alan Finger likens the reality to more of a bargain: you get x% and the universe gets y%. In non-math terms, life is going to hand you circumstances — some overarching, some small — and your job is to use affirmation or whatever plan you have (hopefully yoga), to meet the circumstance with wisdom and grace.

So it’s not that you can’t have what you want or you can have what you want, but rather, as you’re giving it your best, you can see with clarity and act with an eye toward transcending the circumstances to find contentment. That’s independence.

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, you just might find
You get what you need

~ Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

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