Be satisfied with what you have
It is human nature to compare to others. There's a tendency to want what we don't have and not appreciate what we do have. Here is a perfect example:
I was in Cuba, thoroughly enjoying the sunshine, warm weather, and ocean. One day I was in the bank there and a Cuban employee started to talk to me and found out I was from Canada. Then what he said thoroughly surprised me: "I would rather have seasons that change, you know, spring, summer, fall, winter.. Its always so hot here, I don't like it."
Of course any Canadian hearing this would say NO WAY, you should be grateful for what you have. I tried to tell him that... but he was stuck on not being satisfied with the weather he gets to have daily.
I realized how much humans lack gratitute, which causes a lot of misery and depression. It is a sickness of human society. Canadians just want the constant warm weather, Cubans want cold. A curly haired person wants straight hair, visa versa. Why are we never satisfied??
We tend to attach so much to the physical body, our physical reality, and forget who we are and why we are here. Our circumstances tend to take over and we get sucked into this constant attachment, dissatisfaction, and always wanting more.
How to break this cycle?
Be grateful. For everything. Find the goodness in everything. Things that seem negative and bad are actually a lot to do with the human perspective. Good and bad is based on opinion - my reality of a situation might not be the same as yours. You choose your reality. So you can complain and say that you hate winter, or you can look for the goodness in what you have - snow is beautiful; look - how it covers the earth like a beautiful white blanket, it represents hibernation and sleep before a brand new beginning. Thank the universe for giving your the opportunity to experience all the seasons including winter.
Every experience has a lesson, a gift. You can choose to see only the negative and be miserable, or, connect the ultimate joy of life...joy doesn't come from external, material things. True joy, satisfaction, and gratitude, are all within. Meditate on this.
Elvira is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Yoga Instructor. She combines her knowledge of the naturopathic modalities with mind-body therapy, yoga, ayurveda, exercise, and energy healing.