Due to the beautiful complexities of being human, we often develop a habitual practice of believing our own stories about ourselves, people, places, and experiences as well as identifying with them as if they are apart of who are true Self is. However, it is imperative for the sake of our mental and emotional health, to not become desperately attached to the thoughts and stories that swirl inside of us. Creating and sustaining a practice of acknowledging that you are not always your thoughts; you are always not your stories is an advantageous process in charting the path of you highest Self.
The inability to discern between the temporary, fluctuating mind and our own true Self, which is -eternal, is one cause of self-induced suffering. Yet this suffering provides us with the opportunity to make this distinction and to learn and grow from it by understanding the true nature of each. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says that the cause of suffering is the inability to distinguish between two entities—the Self, and the mind, which includes your thoughts and emotions. Distinguishing between the two closely related entities—and understanding the role of each and the relationship between them—is a central goal of yoga and the key to your personal peace. It is true that is can be very challenging to discern your true Self and your emotions, for our emotions are one of the most powerful driving forces in our lives. However, with deep diligence and willingness to acknowledge whether what you're feeling aligns with who you are, will infuse your internal environment with peace